No matter where we find ourselves in this journey of life, we are all at some point confronted with life transitions that can be challenging for us to overcome on our own. I believe that each of us has the capacity to successfully manage our own emotional and mental health and to find satisfaction within ourselves and our relationships. I compare my role as a counselor to that that of a guide: I am there to help you navigate through the difficult roads you may find yourself traveling.
My approach to counseling tends to be practical and skills based. I draw upon the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and various other models adapted to meet the needs of my clients. My ultimate goal as a counselor is to empower you with the tools you need to cope with stressors and manage the difficulties that we all face in our modern society.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Texas and well as in Utah. I graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Gerontology from Weber State University in 1995 and from Brigham Young University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 1997.
I bring more than 20 years of experience to each counseling session and draw upon my experience working with people at various ages and stages of life. My experience ranges from working with youth to the elderly in various settings and circumstances.
My early training consisted of working with the elderly and their families in an extended care facility. Further training included working with school and community mental health- based programs, conducting mental health evaluations, and providing therapy for youth and families.
Upon completing my Master’s degree, I worked in community mental health in Utah. In this setting, I supervised and coordinated an after school social skills program for youth ages 5-12. In this capacity I was also the program’s therapist and conducted weekly parent educational classes for parents whose children were enrolled in the program.
In 2003, I relocated to Texas and worked for LDS Family Services. During my time there I provided individual, couple, and family counseling. In 2016, I went into private practice.
I grew up in Canada and have had the opportunity to live in many different places throughout North America. This has given me a great appreciation and understanding of the diversities of many cultures and backgrounds.