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.
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I graduated with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Bachelors in Crisis Counseling from Liberty University. At my master’s internship, I worked with adults, adolescents, children, and families that struggled with a variety of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and PTSD. I completed my Bachelor degree internship working at Union Gospel Mission’s Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall and continued as a high impact volunteer for three years to gain experience working with women in addiction who have diverse emotional, psychological, and trauma-related issue. I have over 20 years of volunteer experience working with adolescents and children through church ministries and mentoring programs.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Choice Theory, Person-Centered Theory, and Positive Therapy. I have experience in working with adults, adolescents, children, and families with a focus on trauma, addictions, anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders. I respect and honors everyone’s diverse beliefs, spirituality, and unique worldview. I have extensive life experiences with my own joys, struggles, and traumas that have influenced my passion for helping others reach their psychological, emotional, and personal goals to encourage success through life’s challenges. I place great importance on assisting clients in finding the tools to succeed and find peace in their world. My goal is to help clients find their strengths and use those strengths to help them overcome the difficulties of life and the challenges that they may face while doing so.