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, I believe it’s imperative to have 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. 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. 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.
EDUCATION AND LICENSURE
L.C.S.W. Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, May 2017
M.S.W. Arizona State University, AZ, May 2015
B.S. in Social Work, University of Utah, UT, May 2014
EMDRIA Trained Level 2 EMDR, 2017
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 began to advance my knowledge in previously trained areas like PTSD and trauma, DID, and LGBTQ, while learning new skills in areas such as religious and life transitions and martial discord. Through the highly supportive environment and drive to provide our patients with the best care at Corner Canyon Counseling, I learned the best practices and techniques for the needs of my patients.
Areas of Specialty
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Dissociative Disorders & Dissociative Identity Disorder - Suicidal Idealizations - Trauma & Abuse - Anxiety - Bipolar Disorder - Adolescents Behavioral Issues - Marital/Relationship Conflict & Dysfunction - Depression - Gender Dysphoria - Grief/Bereavement & Loss - LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy - Panic Disorder - Personality Disorders - Phobias - Self Esteem - Self Harm - Spiritual/Faith/Religious Transitions
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) - Traumatic Incident Reduction - Prolonged Exposure Therapy - Cohesive Framework Therapy - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Cognitive Processing Therapy - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - Mindfulness - Problem Solving - Solution Focused Therapy - Client Centered Therapy - Cognitive Processing Therapy
PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
Some folks, even in the midst of chaotic challenging circumstances find themselves grounded i a sense of focused and purposeful daily action, while others with seemingly boundless supports cannot shake the sense that they are drowning. Life is complicated and there is no single resolution for all the ways that people suffer, but I have learned to employ a set of clarifying therapeutic lenses to aid you in developing a more fulfilling relationship to the life that you inhabit.
Neuroscience has begun to bear out the reality of our psychology looking more like a collective of context-specific selves that convene and collaborate to meet the challenges of daily life and embody our personal values within the story that we are narrating, rather than a persistent monolithic self that imposes itself upon the world. These selves are part of an ever evolving network that is persistently driven toward greater intrapersonal coherence. I utilize this science-based perspective to aid patients in freeing themselves from context-specific limiting beliefs about themselves and the world that they have likely taken on following difficult experiences that left them feeling less coherent and capable.
Our reaction to stressors that feel out of our control can vary widely. This is largely based upon our already established internal resources or our sense of psychological safety, the quality of calm integrated attention we are able to bring to our experience of these stressor, the quality of communication in our relationships, the clarity of our personal values and the physiological setpoint of our nervous system.
Each of these factors are piece of your experience that I am happy to assess with you. I try to do this by providing you with consciously playful supportive space where you can try on new and altered roles, get to know yourselves and explore what really matters to you and what perhaps you can begin to let go of. We can then begin working to better equip you to navigate whatever circumstances arise in your life and aim you toward meaningful challenges that bring you a greater sense of fulfillment.
EDUCATION AND LICENSURE
M.S.W. Arizona State University, AZ, 2015
Washington DOH, Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License, SC60603426, 2015
EMDRIA Trained Level 2 EMDR Practitioner, 2017
I was drawn to this work and saw its immense value as a result of my own experience growing up in an environment that was incompatible with my individual needs and coping with my perceived lack of safety and control through the unconscious development of OCD symptoms. The compounding impact of this development resulted in further alienation and invalidating feedback from my environment. I broke this cycle of self-destructive feedback with the help of a trained professional whom empowered me to harness my innate desire for coherence and connection.
My entry into the mental health field was working with youth in a therapeutic group home in Tucson, AZ. I took on the child and family therapist there as something of a mentor and began running weekly groups with her. I saw the immensely positive impact that the communication of boundaries and expectations through a collaborative and supportive framing had on these adolescents. I saw how having this kind of communication modeled the quality of their relationships with the other children and adults around them.
I utilized these skills in working with foster children during my undergraduate practicum and further developed my knowledge of barriers to emotion regulation and the structuring of empowering narrative memory through facilitation of a Seeking Safety group as well as the implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of PTSD in individual therapy with adults.
I found great fulfillment and purpose in this process and moved forward into community mental health doing individual and group therapy and continuing to build my repertoire of modalities to facilitate trauma processing as well as more general cognitive flexibility and emotion regulation skills. I've continued that pursuit and seek to learn and grow in my capacity to foster coherence and connection in my clients today.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Adults ages 18-65 struggling with:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Dissociative disorders - Depression - Anxiety - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Panic disorder - Life Stage Transitions - Religious/Faith Transitions - LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapy - Emotion Regulation for Highly Sensitive People - Grief and Loss
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - Client Centered Coherence Therapy (Gestalt) - Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)