I specialize in meeting the unique needs of the Uintah Basin by focusing on what is most needed. I use the latest research and evidence-based techniques to tackle any problem, but most importantly, I make sure that your voice is heard throughout. As a relationship therapist, I also try to include as many important people in your life even if they are not in the room. My experience has taught me that it is difficult to change ourselves without taking into account the people in our lives. They often can help us reach our goals, but at times, they can also get in the way. The best way is to figure out how to relationships are affecting use, good and bad, and go from there.
I have also received specialized training in several specific treatment approaches including Sex Therapy, Suicide Screening and Intervention, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy, mindfulness meditation, Motivational Interviewing, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and many other family and relationship therapy techniques.
In 2008, I completed a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Family Studies at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and was designated a Certified Family Life Educator. Later, I received a Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010.
During my education, I received specialized training in working with distressed relationships, in addition to effectively treating other mental health concerns. My clinical internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and OneWorld Community Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, prepared me to help my clients manage the psychological aspects of many medical diagnoses that facilitate better medical and mental health outcomes. After completing my training, I began working at Northeastern Counseling Center in Vernal, Utah, where my practice included many individuals, couples, and families with a wide variety of presenting concerns. Additionally, I worked as an individual and group substance abuse treatment provider for clients participating in the Uintah County Drug Court Program who are working to overcome serious addictions and related legal problems. I continued to work with individuals seeking to enhance their medical treatment at Mountainlands Community Health Center through the incorporation of psychological treatment approaches.
In 2014, I began to further my training and education by pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Family and Human Development at Utah State University, where my research interests include understanding how families successfully transmit morals and values to their children. I have presented my research at several national conferences. I have also taught university undergraduate courses in human development and family relationships. I provide supervision to therapists as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. I am a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Professional Member of the National Council on Family Relations. I am currently licensed to practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Utah (License # 7770153-3902).