Undergraduate degree Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in Sociology 2009. Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Westminster College 2013.
I have worked with many different diagnoses throughout my career and training. Most of the client's I have worked with have come in with issues compounded by different traumas. Usually what a person walks in the door with is a symptom of deeper difficulties. I like to help my clients not only resolve their presenting problem, but also more deeply rooted patterns and behaviors. My specialties include, but are not limited to trauma, mood disorders, behavioral addictions and substance use disorders.
Because of my philosophy about the value of deeper psychological work, I work from a Psychodynamic or Object Relations perspective. I also use Attachment Theory. I have been trained in many other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and borrow from those when the treatment calls for it.
is becoming increasingly solution focused and wants fast results to problems that aren’t always so quick to fix.
One’s individual psychology is usually quite complex and requires some time and dedication from the client and the therapist together to help not only eradicate presenting problems, but gain insight into what may be underneath the presenting issue(s).
While solution focused and new age short terms therapies are gaining lots of notoriety and popularity amongst mental health practitioners and therapy consumers, research shows that deeper psychological work promotes longer and more sustainable change (Shedler, 2010). This isn't to say you have to be in therapy forever. Most people don’t have the time or money for that, but coming to therapy and expecting profound results in just a few sessions isn’t the kind of work I promote. This isn’t to say some therapy won’t help and that a person won't feel some relief from just a few sessions. Many people do feel better after a few sessions, which creates hope and is really quite wonderful. Oftentimes beyond those initial few sessions, if the person is willing, there is more to explore. This is why I work from a psychodynamic perspective. Look on my blog for more information about that kind of work.