Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based, Relational
I enjoy working with adults and helping them to gain a deeper perspective and understanding of themselves and the problems they face in daily life including depression, anxiety, adjusting to changes in life circumstances, dealing with stressors, and processing unresolved grief or trauma.
I use a client-centered approach that starts with a foundation of unconditional positive regard, honesty, and empathic understanding. I believe this foundation is important in order to develop trust with my clients in order to work together to achieve the growth, relief, and change they are looking for in their lives. I utilize and integrate a variety of theories to help me best understand individuals and how they can make changes in their lives. Some of the theories I use to achieve this include Attachment Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gestalt, and Psychodynamic Theory. Additionally, I use a variety of interventions from these theories as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, to help individuals create meaningful change in their lives and experience relief from their symptoms.
MS - Counseling, California State University, Fullerton
Internship - Western Youth Services
Internship - ChildNet
I enjoy football games (go Packers!), country concerts, and trying new restaurants with friends.
I have a really good support network made up of long-time friends, family, and other therapists. I make time to talk to them on a daily basis, which fills me up. I also have a dog who keeps me honest and consistent with daily walks outside in nature and enjoying his hilarious personality.
I've read the book Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman more than once and as a young adult used to buy multiple copies to hand out. That book, as well as Millman's teachings and life lessons, have left an impression on me and have helped me incorporate mindfulness into my life.
It's hard to choose a favorite non-profit or organization but I'd say for me, right now, is Bunny's Buddies. It's an organization that helps dogs escape abuse, neglect, and death all around the world and find them loving homes to live out the rest of their days. This is a cause close to my heart that I donate to.
I play with my pup and make up fun new names and songs for him. I watch football with friends and commission a fantasy football league. I try new restaurants and food frequently. I also make time for quiet nights of mindfulness. I need a variety of social engagements, novelty and play, and quiet time to recharge and I am fairly vigilant in making sure I'm making time for myself. I try not to ask my clients to do things that I don't or am not willing to do myself.
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