I have been working with adolescents and children since 2002 in a variety of mental health settings. In 2000 I received my my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University at Buffalo NY. After spending some time rock climbing across the US and Canada, I moved to Utah and worked as a counselor with children and teens in residential and psychiatric facilities. I became inspired to continue my education in this field. In 2009 I graduated with my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont CA. Since my graduating I have worked with troubled and at risk youth in a variety of school based settings.
I use a strength-based approach when working with my clients and help them explore patterns and schemas that they use to interpret their past experiences and approach current challenges. I connect with my clients in the present moment, and accept them for who they are. Through this unconditional positive regard trust is established and healing and growth can occur within a safe environment. I feel extremely honored to be a part of an individual’s ongoing journey towards inner balance.
I am excited to combine my love of the outdoors with my professional career. I have been an outdoor enthusiast my entire life and have been camping and rock-climbing for over 14 years. I believe this environment provides a unique opportunity for individuals to face challenges that can be used as metaphors for life. As a therapist in this type of setting, I enjoy supporting each student as they grow to recognize their strengths and shed maladaptive patterns and behavior.