Philosophy Of Care
I believe that one of the most effective tools for success within any therapeutic relationship is cultivating a strong rapport between the therapist and the patient. This rapport develops by being honest, genuine, non-judgmental, and maintaining a sense of humor. I also believe that by meeting the patient where they are emotionally and allowing them to drive the process an environment of self-determination is created. This will encourage the patient to be invested in their treatment and without this, change and progress is unlikely to occur.
While building a strong rapport is vital to the success in therapy, our backgrounds and individual experiences are what help in shaping and forming the person we become. My goal as a clinician is to strengthen and build upon these foundations. To being successful in my practice as a clinician, I believe in having an open mind and a willingness to learn something new from every patient’s unique background and experiences. I believe that nobody knows more about the patient than they do. This knowledge and openness have been essential to my success, as it has allowed me to treat each patient as effectively and respectfully as possible and ultimately creates a safe therapeutic environment for the patient.
With the safe therapeutic environment comes the ability for the patient and clinician to have an open and honest communication with one another. I feel that such communication is vital to the therapeutic process and essential for the success of any relationship. As a clinician, I believe it’s my responsibility to nurture this environment. I do so, first, by allowing the patient to be the expert on their own life. I work hard to treat each patient as a unique individual and use techniques, interventions, and therapy structure that are geared to address individual needs and goals for treatment. Thus creating the ability to push and challenge the patient when appropriate to help accomplish the patient’s goals.
I believe that every client has the ability to accomplish the goals and desires that they are striving for when they come to therapy, when they are willing to work hard and give themselves the opportunity to try. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly strong clients and have seen so many wonderful changes in so many of them! I believe in this process and its ability to help in accomplishing client’s goals.
Education and Licensure
S.W. Licensed as a Certified Social Worker, May 2015
S.W. Arizona State University, AZ, May 2015
S. in Social Work, University of Utah, UT, May 2014
My experiences as a Social Worker in the mental health field are diverse and unique. I worked for several years with youth and adolescents at the Utah Youth Village as an Associate Family Teacher. My focus was on teaching youth coping and emotional regulation skills in both a group and individual setting. I volunteered with the Pride Empathy Line of Utah for approximately five years providing emotional support and resource assistance to the LGBTQ community and their families. While completing my Criminal Justice Certificate at the University of Utah, I interned with the Salt Lake City Police Department as a Victim’s Advocate. Here I managed cases for clients from different cultural backgrounds who were victims of crime and in need of help locating emotional support, housing, financial aid, food or other assistance. I have also completed an internship with the Odyssey House substance abuse outpatient facility. There I filled a case management role as well as worked in individual and group settings while assisting clients in finding resources needed to help with their new sober living. Lastly, I interned in Arizona with a trauma-focused organization, La-Frontera EMPACT. At this setting, I worked with a diverse clientele providing group and individual therapy counseling for issues ranging from childhood and sexual trauma to domestic violence. At Corner Canyon Counseling I have continued to further my education and expertise. Advancing my knowledge in previously trained areas like PTSD and substance abuse, while learning new skills in areas such as religious transitions and martial discord. Through the highly supportive environment and drive to provide our patients with the best care at Corner Canyon Counseling, I continue to learn the best practices and techniques for the needs of my patients.
Areas Of Specialty
- Addictive Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Children/Adolescents/Behavioral Issues
- Couple/Marital/Relationship Conflict & Dysfunction
- Dissociative Disorders & Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Gender Dysphoria
- Grief/Bereavement & Loss
- LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
- Panic Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Self Esteem
- Spiritual/Faith/Religious Transitions
- Substance Abuse
- Suicidal Ideations
- Trauma & Abuse
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Problem Solving
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Client-Centered Therapy
- Traumatic Incident Reduction
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy
- Cognitive Processing Therapy