Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Young Adults and Couples; Behavioral Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders; Parent Management Training, Relationship Distress.
Education: Master of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University; Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in training (5 th year student) at Brigham Young University, APA Accredited Program.
Thesis: Does Sleep Disturbance Among Parents of Infants Predict Increased Depressive Symptoms?
Dissertation in Progress: Predictors of Paternal Postpartum Depression: A Meta-Analysis
Work Experience: Community Mental Health, University Counseling, Veteran Affairs, Chronic Pain Management.
Therapeutic Approach: I do not believe that anyone intentionally makes their life difficult. Our actions are often shaped by our environment or genes, yet we behave the way we do because we get some kind of benefit for it. However, sometimes our actions that provide “benefits” in the short-run often cause problems in the long-run. Identifying those problems and making changes is often difficult to do alone. In therapy I work with individuals and families to identify those behaviors that are causing issues in their lives, and replace them with behaviors that are going to be more helpful in the long-run. With the proper amount of support and reinforcement, anyone can make changes in their life, regardless of age. Even children, with less control over their environment and insight into their problems than adults, can make changes in their behavior to more appropriately interact with others and adapt to circumstances.
Therapy is a collaborative process, and I am committed to doing my part to create a safe environment to explore these issues and experiment with changes, and to provide the necessary structure to promote change. This may mean taking the time to process difficult emotions or experiences, or encouraging my client to participate in treatment activities that research has shown to be beneficial. Together we will create and work through a treatment plan that will help my client achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
While therapy often focuses on a single individual, relationship issues are almost always an area of concern. Whether it is a child’s behavior putting strain on the parent-child relationship, issues between romantic partners or parents, or concerns with friends and peers, relationship issues inevitably exist. Knowing this, I also make relationships a focus of treatment, and work with my clients to help improve their relationship functioning. For example, if working with a child with behavioral problems, I will also work closely with parents to help them develop effective parenting skills to manage their child’s behavior and improve the parent-child relationship. I will also work with couples whose primary concern is their relationship, whether they are dating, engaged, newlywed, or married, and help them communicate about and problem solve difficult issues more effectively.
My primary aim as a therapist is to improve quality of life and help people achieve their goals. I am excited to work closely with you to do that.