PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
I believe in the individual and their ability to help themselves. I focus on the pursuit of self-awareness and actualization through analysis of thought processes, past life experiences, family systems and other concerns the patient identifies. While this requires strength, empathy, humility, and vulnerability, a greater understanding of oneself will lead to emotional intelligence, maturity and, ultimately, increased happiness and healing. In this respect, counseling can benefit anyone. I meet patients where they are and capitalize on the patient’s natural strengths, enabling the patient to make lasting and meaningful changes.
I genuinely enjoy building a trusting relationship with my patients. I prioritize respect and understanding. Counseling is a tool to achieve insights that can be applied to one’s self, not a way to force anyone to fit any mold. I want my patients to know that they are loved, valued and important and I help them see the hope, healing and potential their lives hold.
I decided to become a social worker because I love working with and helping people. I am also passionate about mental health and raising awareness in our community to stop stigma and judgment. Mental health is an important part of each individual and should be given the proper attention and care to promote health and healing.
Education and LicensureCertified Social Worker, CSW
Master of Social Work, George Mason University, Fairfax Virginia, 2014
Bachelors in Speech Communication and International Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2008
Clinical ExperienceI worked as a mental health counselor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, working mostly with individuals with Medicaid including children, teens, and adults both male and female with various mental health issues. I worked with individuals and families as well as couples. I was exposed to abuse treatment for both perpetrator and survivor and engaged with teens participating in the judicial system. I also worked with individuals with substance use addiction and sexual addiction.
During my masters program I first interned with a homeless shelter providing case management and personalized assistance to residents at the shelter. I interacted with many races, religions, incomes and family systems and occasionally ran children's activities. Using motivation interviewing I helped homeless individuals solve problems and set goals.
My second internship was at a Middle/High school where I worked students that had special circumstances and families that were seeking education services to enhance learning. I interacted and assisted pregnant students, students with autism, students with military parents, students with frequent classroom behavior problems and students with stressful family lives.
Area of SpecialtyAddictive Disorders
Couples/Marital/Relationship Conflict & Dysfunction
Dissociative Disorders & Dissociative Identity Disorder
Grief/Bereavement & Loss
LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
Maladaptive Coping Skills
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship Conflict/Strengthening Healthy Relationships
Self Harm/Parasuicidal Behaviors
Trauma & Abuse