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 individual’s 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.
I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which is a therapy that can help individuals recover from trauma, other life disturbances, anxiety, depression, etc. EMDR has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.
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.