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I am a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with college students and young adults, and college personnel of all ages. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University; my Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder; my PhD from the University of Minnesota (APA-accredited); and did my doctoral internship at the Pennsylvania State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center (APA-accredited).
I provide psychotherapy to UNC students and staff through individual sessions and groups. I’ve led or co-led groups focused on interpersonal process, sexual assault recovery, grief and loss, older and returning college students, graduate student support, anxiety management, and for transgender and nonbinary students support and resilience. I provide supervision to masters and doctoral students, as well as supervision of those supervising. I provide outreach and consultation services across a wide-array of topics including mindfulness practices, mental health concerns in college students, and transgender health. I provide trainings in brief psychotherapy, integrating science into clinical practice, outcome research, and clinical issues in working with transgender individuals within our APA-accredited doctoral internship program.
I am very proud of my role as the liaison to the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center where I provide individual counseling and consultation with LGBTQIA+ students in exploring sexual orientation and gender identity concerns as well as other challenges of college life.
My theoretical orientation incorporates interpersonal psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy (a Minnesota must), psychodynamic, and feminist therapy with a focus on mindfulness and coping throughout. I am EMDR trained and rely on this intervention for the treatment of trauma. My supervision approach is to focus on the welfare of the trainee as well as the client, allowing open and nonjudgmental discussion about the psychotherapy process, successful interventions and their assessment, effects of trauma and marginalization, as well as transferential and countertransferential influences in psychotherapy.
In addition to providing psychotherapy at colleges and in private practice, I’ve worked as a clinical director of a statewide crisis and suicide hotline; a statistical analyst on large psychosocial, epidemiologic, and public health research studies; a packer of plastic cups, and a provider of Roy Rogers roast beef sandwiches to hungry Oklahomans. I’ve lived in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. In my spare time I like to hang with loved ones, read murder mysteries, and take naps. I am currently grieving the end of “Game of Thrones” as well as the inadequacy of the last season. My quest for finding the perfect biscuit in Northern Colorado continues.