I received my master’s degree from the University of Wyoming in Community Mental Health Counseling in 2015. During this time, I worked primarily in university counseling centers and in adolescent residential treatment facilities where I conducted individual, group, and family therapy, provided outreaches on various mental health topics, and participated in crisis intervention services as needed. I completed my doctoral training for my PhD in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University in 2019. During this time, I gained additional experience working in university counseling centers working with college students and community members in individual and group therapy. I also obtained training in a rural community mental health center focused on psychological assessment, short-term inpatient, intensive outpatient, and outpatient services with severe and persistent mentally ill clients, mandated substance abuse clients, and the general population in both individual, couple, and family capacities. I also completed training in Purdue’s athletics department where I worked with individual student-athletes, teams, coaches, and the broader athletic department to provide individual mental health treatment and mental skills/performance enhancement training to increase athletic performance. I served as a consultant to athletic trainers, coaches, and the broader athletic department staff and provided trainings to better understand and implement appropriate resources to best meet the needs of student-athletes.
At UNC, my primary role is in the counseling center where I provide clinical services including individual therapy, group therapy, intake and crisis intervention services, and outreach to the broader campus community. About 25% of my time is also dedicated to athletics where I conduct individual and group therapy, mental health workshops, and serve as a consultant to athletic trainers, coaches, and the broader athletics department to ensure student-athletes mental health needs are being addressed.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is the vehicle through which clients can navigate, with guidance, their own understandings about their circumstances. Guidance through a strong relationship focused on collaboration can help clients steer their cognitions, behaviors, and emotions toward a healthier and more adaptive destination. I use a cognitive-behavioral framework including dialectical behavior therapy to explore clients cognitive, behaviors, and emotions and provide a space for clients to build awareness of both their internal and external lived experience while also taking risks to bring about desired change in a safe, supportive environment. Given my strong commitment to both individual and cultural diversity, I also embrace family systems and feminist perspectives that focus on exploring how clients’ identities and role within different systems impacts current levels of distress. I seek to instill hope in my clients and help clients identify how they can feel empowered to make necessary changes in their lives and use their voice in a meaningful way.
Originally from Laramie, Wyoming, I am so excited to be back in the Rocky Mountains. In my spare time, I love to spend time with family and friends, watching and or playing sports, exercising, reading, and traveling.