Philosophy of Care
I believe in meeting my patients where they are at in life. I believe in the inherent strength that every patient possesses. I believe in striving to create a safe space for patients to be vulnerable. Finally, I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship can produce wonderful results.
We are all shaped by our life experiences, our social connections, and our individual personality traits. No patient is the same, therefore as a therapist I cannot go into a session with any agenda beyond eagerness to learn through curiosity and empathy. My patients are the experts in their own lives. Meeting my patients where they are in life and working with them to get where they want to be has been the key to my success as a therapist. My goal is for my patients to live rich, full and meaningful lives, and only my patients can decide what that means for them.
I believe that in every person is a wealth of strength and resilience to be utilized in therapy. I spend significantly more time talking about what is going right in a patient’s life and how to build upon that than I do focusing on what is wrong. Within every patient is the ability to find solutions to difficulties and the capability to overcome challenges. It is my job to help patients identify and build upon their strengths to enable them to make positive change in their own lives.
Brene Brown, LMSW, PhD said “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful lives, vulnerability is the path.” I believe this to be true and strive to create a safe space for patients to be emotionally vulnerable to facilitate change and personal growth.
The creation of that safe space is dependent on a strong therapeutic relationship. As a therapist I use empathy, genuineness, humor, vulnerability and openness to foster the trust that is imperative to the creation of a strong therapeutic bond. It is important to remember that therapy can be hard and change is often scary, but I wholeheartedly believe that a trusting relationship between therapist and patient is the first step towards easing those fears.
Education and Licensure
M.S.W., University of Denver; Denver, CO; June 2016
B.S. in Psychology, University of Utah; Salt Lake City, UT; May 2014
Licensed as a Certified Social Worker, State of Utah; June 2016
I have had the privilege to work clinically with diverse populations in several different contexts. I volunteered with CASA of Utah and worked with children in the foster system as an advocate for their best interests. I have completed my graduate level internships. On internship, I worked autonomously with patients under the supervision of licensed social workers. My experience includes the Gender Identity Center of Colorado in Denver, CO, Wasatch Mental Health in Provo, UT., and the Pennock Center for Counseling in Brighton, CO. I have conducted therapy with adults, children, adolescents, families and couples. In addition to my educational internship experience, I have a background in the medical field prior to graduate school which provides me with experience in the mind-body connection. I began working at Corner Canyon Counseling in 2016; the majority of my practice has been working with adolescents and adults. Additionally, I work with children, families and couples.
- LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild of Utah
Areas of Specialty
- Adjustment Disorders
- Adjustment to Illness
- Binge Eating
- Bipolar Disorder
- Dissociative Disorders & Dissociative Identity Disorder
- Family Dynamic Issues
- Gender Dysphoria
- Grief/Bereavement & Loss
- Interpersonal Difficulties
- LGBTQ issues
- Maladaptive Coping Skills and Thinking Patterns
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Social Phobia/Social Anxiety
- Stress Management
- Trauma & Abuse
- Self Harm
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Systems Therapy
- Gottman Informed Couple’s Therapy
- LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
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