I completed an undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Communication Arts (Rhetoric and Communication Science focus) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Go Badgers! I am also a proud alum of the University of Northern Colorado, having earned my Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology (APA-accredited) and a Doctoral minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods here. While I have a past training background with adjudicated youth and family crisis counseling, my primary focus and passion has been in university counseling center environments, including an APA-accredited internship at Illinois State University, a post-doctoral residence at UW-Madison, and most recently serving as groups coordinator at Marquette University.
As the Director of Training, my primary role entails the provision of administrative support and oversight for the various levels of our training program (i.e., doctoral and master’s internships, advanced practicum training). Additionally, I provide individual, group, and crisis counseling services, as well as offer outreach and consultation to students and campus partners. I have a strong interest in training and supervision as this was my specialty focus during my post-doctoral residency.
With clients, I enjoy collaborating through use of relationally-oriented, culturally/contextually focused, and strengths-based approaches to therapy. I feel privileged to bear witness to and help facilitate others’ identity and values formation, career exploration, ownership of strengths, and triumph through struggles. Undergraduate and graduate studies often serve as catalysts for these dynamic challenges, so I find that working in a university counseling center environment truly presents a unique opportunity for me to help students work towards their academic, personal, and interpersonal pursuits.
With regards to theoretical orientation, I ultimately approach therapy in an integrative manner, with evidence-based, strengths-based, and multicultural/systemic lenses at the forefront of consideration. I am certainly relational at my core and am most centrally grounded in IPT, though have incorporated more CBT and ACT-based approaches in order to better serve the needs and preferences of clients within a brief model.
I approach supervision with developmental, relational, and supervisory common factors frameworks, and am ultimately integrative. As a supervisor, I blend elements of interpersonal and psychodynamic approaches while incorporating attachment and multicultural considerations in an effort to promote supervisee growth, identity, and autonomy while protecting clients’ welfare and optimizing the quality of care.
As an outdoors lover, I am excited to live and work in Colorado and happy to call it home again. Originally from the Midwest, I find myself drawn to the mountains, open skies, and array of opportunities to explore. I enjoy running for fun, the health of it, and also as an opportunity to connect with my kiddos! If not running or hiking on the trails, you’re likely to find me relaxing or being a total goof with my family.