Building rapport and developing trusting relationships with my patients are my highest priorities. I believe therapeutic work should take place with a mutual trust and respect for each other’s views, beliefs, and perspectives. I work from a person-centered approach, viewing patients as a whole, with their full potential in mind, while focusing on their personal needs, wants, desires and goals. I view counseling as an additional resource to help individuals achieve their goals and find happiness in their lives. Through counseling, patients learn new skills and tools to help manage life’s unexpected events and any difficult situations they may be encountering. I bring in useful techniques, such as mindfulness practices and psycho-education, to cultivate progress and to bring the individual to a better understanding of themselves, the world around them, and the healing process. My goal as a therapist is to help people become well adjusted, happy, healthy and optimistic members of families and societies. I believe my role is to serve as a guide to help individuals learn the necessary tools to reach their personal goals and find happiness in their lives. I truly enjoy observing these changes and seeing my patients grow and progress over time.
Education and LicensureAssociate Clinical Mental Health Counselor, ACMHC, 2018
MA in Counseling Psychology, concentration in clinical mental health, University of Denver, 2018
BA in Psychology, Arizona State University, 2016
Clinical ExperienceMy interest in counseling started at a young age when I realized how much helping others brought me joy. As I grew and started on my academic path, I found an appreciation for developmental psychology and learning about the stages of change one goes through in their lifetime. I believe the majority of our experiences that shape us occur as we develop, which is why I have focused my work and research on individuals under the age of 18.
During my graduate studies, I worked as a school-based therapist for a mental health agency, where I provided counseling services to school-aged children struggling with teen issues, behavior management, identity, positive self-esteem, trauma, grief and anxiety. I also had the opportunity to work with the children and adolescents of refugee and lower-income families, which gave me a unique appreciation for the needs of underserved populations. I practiced from a trauma-informed model of therapy and incorporated mindfulness practices and emotional recovery to my work. I was able to learn and grow through my clinical experiences and develop my therapeutic skills, making me the counselor I am today.
Area of SpecialtyADHD
Child/adolescent behavioral issues
LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy
Maladaptive Coping Skills
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Trauma and abuse
Learning Theories & Behavioral Analysis
Life-Span Development Perspectives
Substance Dependence & Addictive Behaviors Counseling
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy