Specialties: Adolescents, Young Adults, Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Education: Clinical Psychology Ph.D. in training at Brigham Young University, APA Accredited
Thesis: Rates and Predictors of Adolescent Premature Termination: Applying Clinically Significant Change
• Individual therapy and assessment for youth and adults at BYU Comprehensive Clinic
• Autism assessment at Timpanogos Assessment and Psychological Services
• Research Assistant: Evaluating treatment outcomes for youth psychotherapy in community mental health centers; Evaluating physiological reactions to stressors in adults that experienced childhood trauma.
First and foremost, I am committed to and emphasize creating a safe, nonjudgmental, and accepting environment of respect and trust with my clients and their families. My door is open to all races, genders, religions, sexual identities and orientations, family dynamics, or any variation of experience and difficulty you may be facing. I believe, and research corroborates, that it is on this relational foundation that change and progress is made. One of my favorite opportunities that therapy allows me is the genuine connection I get to make with each person and family with whom I get to interact.
I also believe that in order to provide the best therapy with the greatest opportunity for positive outcomes, that treatment should be grounded in empirical evidence. I pull skills and techniques from several different treatment orientations, including cognitive and behavioral change, acceptance and commitment therapy, and interpersonal therapy, depending on the needs of the individual and their difficulties. I believe that there is not one solution for all, so I make sure to work collaboratively with my client and their family to make treatment goals and select the best path to reaching those within an empirically supported framework. I strongly endorse therapy as a collaborative process. I work closely with my clients and their families to identify the inherent strengths and weaknesses that they possess and add my knowledge and skills to continually tailor the treatment experience to what will best set them up for success. I want to help individuals identify and make choices based on their unique values so that they can live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
I have a passion for working with youth, as it can be a difficult time of transition, discovery, and development. With the continual changes that are occurring in their lives, there is so much that can bring distress to those individuals and their families. However, I am encouraged by the fact that together we can make adjustments early on in the course of their development that can provide skills and coping mechanisms that can carry on to adulthood.
When I’m not doing therapy, you can find me playing sports and getting outdoors. I played college and professional soccer, but enjoy playing all sports with my husband and friends. I love traveling, cooking, and trying new things. Since moving to Utah, I’ve been trying to hit all the state and national parks and have picked up snowboarding, bouldering, and even summited my first mountain! There’s a metaphor in that. In my quieter moments, there’s nothing better than a good conversation, listening to or playing music, journaling, reading, or watching a good movie.
I am so grateful for the opportunity of meeting and working with you and can’t wait to be a part of and help you on your journey.