Since 1991, I have had the privilege to be on the front line working in the field of Mental Health and Counseling. As a child, I was insatiably curious, and I’ve carried this into my adult life with a deep sense of caring, to which I admit is my true epicenter. You share your vaulted secrets with me, and whatever it may be, I am deeply humbled by your trust and respect.
I believe in the power of human connection, and enjoy explaining the mysteries of the human condition in simple words. As a Solution Focused, Evidence-Based Therapist, I blend a sense of empathy, warmth and skill to help people confront their joys, and pains and be motivated to change. All of this gives me energy, and a profound sense of meaning and purpose when I wake up in the morning.
I approach my work with the knowledge and understanding that every individual is a culmination of genetics, environment, and experiences. There is no, “one size fits all” approach, or, “band-aid” solution. My process is collaborative. I know that people are the experts of their own experience and my goal is to help them expand their awareness and understanding of these experiences. From this, clients have the ability to articulate their feelings and create new frameworks for meaning to allow for greater vitality.
I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling from The University of Illinois, graduating as a member of the Phi-Kappa-Phi High Honor Society. I have specialized training with adolescents, adults, and couples. I am a Clinical Supervisor, and have trained other clinicians in the areas of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy, (EBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT), Behavioral Modification social cognition, and self regulation. I have advanced training in Exposure Therapies for the treatment of Anxiety Spectrum disorders across the lifespan. My approach working with couples is based on the principles of the Gottman Method.
Throughout my career, I have been licensed and have practiced Counseling in Arizona, Texas and Illinois. I have worked in a vast array of clinical settings providing all levels of Mental Health Care.