Each day we have in life is a bright new adventure just waiting to be discovered! I view my work in counseling as an adventure I am privileged to share with each client! In my experience I have worked with individuals as they have struggled to overcome and cope with grief and loss, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, relationship conflict, ADHD and other distressing circumstances. I enjoy helping individuals, couples and families create healthy, functional relationships and lives that flourish. My focus is on strengthening the family system, identifying each individuals needs, and discovering hope for their future.
A portion of my work includes working with children and teens who have experienced various forms of trauma. I utilize play therapy, sand tray therapy, and expressive arts therapy as a primary intervention with children and adolescents.
Why use play therapy? Play is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy. Through play therapy children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play is a child’s language and is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates their spirits and brightens their outlook on life.
In 2012 I received my masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University. For the last 7 years I have worked in private practice settings. I also have previous experience working for The State of Utah with youth in foster care. If you are in need of a Spanish speaker, I do speak fluent Spanish.
Meet our other counselors:
Sanji Schrader, MS, LMHCA
I am a licensed mental health counselor associate who has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of ages as well as a variety of individuals, groups, families. Building rapport and trusting relationships with my clients are valuable to the therapeutic process and growth. I am committed to guiding and supporting you to achieve goals.
I utilize therapeutic techniques from a variety of theories including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have experience working with trauma, processing grief and loss, coping with depression, anxiety, anger, abuse, personality disorders, PTSD, substance abuse and co-occurring, and relationship or marital issues. Being able to self-reflect and become more aware of yourself takes a lot courage. I want my clients to feel safe knowing they can open up and express themselves during sessions.
I am here to support you with getting your needs met, educate about positive coping skills, mindfulness practices, learning to communicate effectively with others, and as well as provide resources to the community. I am here to listen and help you create a more fulfilling life with purpose and instill hope for your future.