In my growth and empowerment-focused approach, I use a combination of therapeutic techniques to fit each client's individual needs, while helping them to increase their overall health and well-being. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and gentle, honest feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary techniques and methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach for each client, while keeping an underlying feminist multicultural understanding of the problem. I draw on my education, training, work experience, and life experience, as well as DBT, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, art therapy, and strengths-based approaches. My role as a therapist is to guide you in redirecting behavior patterns and styles of thinking that are not working, to open doors to new ways of thinking and doing that bring a sense of wellness and empowerment, and help you discover and embrace your authentic self.
During graduate school I gained experience as an academic advisor for two different universities, and I gained clinical experience working with women with trauma and life adjustment problems during my internship. My Master's Thesis was about how women recover from bulimia. After graduation I worked for over 5 years with individuals with severe addictions and a variety of other problems, and over 2 years with teen girls and adult women struggling with eating disorders. After working at both outpatient and inpatient settings, I gained experience working with a variety of individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, relationship problems, grief/loss, and many other challenges in private practice setting. I opened Caring Journey Counseling April 1, 2015.
Through my own personal journey I have gained wisdom that I share with others going through similar challenges. Some of the significant parts of my journey include resigning from the LDS church, recovering from an eating disorder, being a parent of biracial children in a place with little diversity, and managing chronic autoimmune disease, anxiety, and depression. My health conditions have continued to worsen in the past year and I have made the difficult decision to close my doors and stop practicing altogether.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC), 2010-present
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minors in Anthropology and Women's Studies--Weber State University, 2000
Master of Science in Educational Psychology, Professional Counseling emphasis--University of Utah, 2006
Member of WPP (Women in Private Practice) of Utah
Member of the LGBTQ-Affirmative Psychotherapist Guild of Utah
Member of AWP (Association for Women in Psychology) of Utah
Hobbies and Interests:
In my spare time I love to spend time outside working in my garden, hanging out with my three children, doing home remodeling projects with my spouse, cuddling with my cat, being amused by my chickens, planning themed parties, doing all kinds of crafts, and making my home beautiful. I enjoy yoga, leisurely bike rides, and walks in nature. I am passionate about social justice issues and believe that the personal is political.