I operate from a family systems perspective, in that I believe no one exists in total isolation and our challenges and ways of interacting and coping come from the context we live in (such as our family, friends, work environment, social circle, and so forth). When the ways we’ve learned to cope that were once useful to us become unhelpful, whether by new or changing circumstances, aging, changed perspective or new goals, and so forth, it is time to find new, more adaptive and fulfilling ways of coping, healing, and progressing. It is my belief that we all possess the strengths and abilities necessary to overcome whatever challenges we may face during our lifetime. Sometimes, though, we may lose sight of this, get stuck, and need assistance and support in realizing our abilities and achieving our goals. My purpose is to work collaboratively with you to remove obstacles, learn healthier and more effective ways of dealing, and work toward realizing a more fulfilling and purposeful life you can feel satisfied with.
I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy because of my belief in catering to the unique needs of the individual, couple, or family with which I am working. No two people or families are alike, and while the theories I utilize are intelligent, up-to-date, research-backed and effective, I also don’t try to fit you and/or your family to one specified mold, and believe in finding what fits you and yours most efficiently. The main theories I tend to use are as follows:
- Narrative Therapy
- Solution-Focused Therapy
- Object Relations (Psychodynamic)
- Emotionally-Focused Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy
Alliant International University, Sacramento
B.S. in Behavioral Science, Emphasis in Psychology
Utah Valley University
The Davis Group Counseling and Wellness Services
HOPE Counseling Center
Strategies for Change
I was born and raised in Utah and after working full time and graduating Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor’s degree, moved to Sacramento in 2012 to begin a Master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy. California has always had my heart, and living in the warm weather and lack of snow have long-since convinced me this is home. I have a passion for travel (though I don’t do nearly enough of it!) and love the way the places I’ve been able to go have taught me more about life and people and given me a deeper respect for culture and context. Other hobbies I love include photography, hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and attempting to gain any skills in the musical and culinary departments!