Specialties: Anxiety Disorders, Attachment, Art-Based/Creative Interventions, Burnout/Compassion Fatigue, Depression, Mood Disorders, Parent-Child Relationships, Private Adoptions, Trauma.
Specialized Training: ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Education: Master of Social Work, University of Utah, 2012
Work Experience: I began working as a clinical therapist in 2010. I spent seven years working in a community mental health setting before moving to private practice in 2018. I also enjoy teaching as an adjunct instructor at Utah Valley University.
Therapeutic Approach: I work with people of all ages (children, teens, and adults) who long to feel peaceful and capable of meeting the challenges of life but are burdened by feelings of worry or pain. I know from my work as a therapist (and from my own life experience) that the struggle is real. Mental health challenges may not be visible to an outside observer, but they can be incapacitating to the person experiencing them. I also know that we are not meant to go it alone.
I believe therapy is about healing from painful past experiences, discovering your strengths, and challenging your thinking.
I am excited by all the advancements in the field of mental health and have committed myself to keeping up with innovative ways to treat a variety of diagnoses. I am EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) certified and trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
Because trauma is stored in the right side of the brain, creative interventions (i.e. storytelling, art, and music) are a crucial part of my therapeutic approach. I also use creativity and art to help people move learning from their head to their heart. Dr. Brené Brown’s research on shame, vulnerability and our human need for connection has dramatically shaped my practice.
I am well-versed in attachment theory and love to help parents create a safe base for their children and experience the powerful, rewarding endorphins that come from attuned caregiving.
Personal: I take self-care and my need to play very seriously! When I’m not in the office, I love to practice yoga at my favorite studio, listen to audiobooks, ride bikes, art journal with my best friends, and go on road trips with my family. I love being a patron of the arts—going to plays, looking at paintings, and listening to music. I love to create and have dabbled with painting, calligraphy and writing. I look forward to meeting you!