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Permanent Professional Staff 2016-2017

Permanent Clinical Staff

  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Group and Workshop Co-Facilitator; Prevention and Outreach presentations.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I believe that the goal of therapy is to help people to act on what they value, rather than what they fear. By exploring and identifying what may be holding us back, we become empowered to accept who we are while also making meaningful changes. As an integrative therapist I draw from a number of approaches, including multicultural-feminist, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavior therapies. I am an LGBTQ-affirmative and social justice-oriented therapist.
  • Professional Interests: Cultural identity issues, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, sexual assault & abuse, spiritual transitions, self-harm, suicidal thoughts/urges, PTSD, and relationship issues.
  • Other Interests: Outsider and lowbrow art, homemade pie, podcasts, independent film/music/theater, Coney Island, and all things pop-culture.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Merging Paths of Wellness, Substance Abuse Recovery and iChat Groups Co-Facilitator; Clinical supervisor; Group training seminar leader; UCC Representative to the Student Affairs Diversity Council.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I approach counseling from a multicultural perspective, acknowledging the aspirational nature of multicultural competence. My style is interpersonal, supportive yet direct, and focused on the here-and-now. I incorporate mindfulness into all aspects of my work.
  • Professional Interests: Identity development through a multicultural lens; group psychotherapy; impact of power & privilege on organizational & personal functioning; difficult dialogues; issues dealt with by women of color; parenting; living with severe, chronic illnesses or conditions (mental &/or physical); leadership positions in numerous state and national professional organizations.
  • Other Interests: Too numerous to list, but some of my current favorites: spending time with my children; hanging out with friends; running, hiking & other forms of exercise; live theater; movies; thrift shopping; cleaning; sudoku
  • UCC Responsibilities: Provide individual and group counseling and conduct intake interviews; Provide clinical supervision; Teach intern training seminars.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I integrate primarily humanistic, interpersonal, feminist, and cognitive-behavioral approaches in my counseling. Areas of clinical interest include emotional difficulties (e.g., depression, anxiety, and stress) and developmental issues (e.g., identity concerns, relationship problems, and family-of-origin issues).  I am invested in clients' resilience.
  • Professional Interests: I value psychotherapy, training, clinical supervision, ethics, professional standards, and licensing/credentialing. I define diversity broadly and continually strive to address my orientation to multiculturalism by attending to my own multicultural development.
  • Personal Interests: I enjoy driving in truly remote areas, camping, and locating places of historic interest.  I have recently enjoyed exploring some of the less-traveled areas of Canyonlands National Park.
  • UCC Responsibilities: I meet with students who are in crisis and need immediate assistance, as well as for individual counseling. I am also the Mindfulness Clinic Coordinator and a facilitator for the Feel Better Now workshop (a psycho-educational and coping skills group). Further, I am the Coordinator of Psychological Assessment and Training, and the University Counseling Center liaison for the Center for Disability and Access. 
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I approach therapy with a theoretical orientation grounded in Existential and Gestalt theories. However, when I work with individuals, I approach their problems and experiences according to their individual and cultural context(s). I believe that individuals have an innate resilience and capacity for growth, even in the face of unthinkable experiences, and I work with clients to find their sources of strength, meaning, and empowerment in order to live a more meaningful life with more authentic relationships. I enjoy working with diverse individuals, those who have experienced personal traumas, who are first-generation college students, are struggling with family of origin conflicts, or are experiencing existential concerns of meaning and identity.
  • Professional Interests: I enjoy research focused on post-traumatic growth, beliefs in ultimate justice, meaning making, and research on the intergenerational transmission of trauma. I also appreciate supervising and mentoring graduate student clinicians and interns to help them discover areas of passion and their identities as clinicians.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy being outdoors and engaging in activities like running, skiing, camping, hiking, and sitting around a toasty campfire. However, on other days, modern dance, aerial silks, and playing the piano are important areas of my life that help keep me fulfilling and engaged with my clinical work.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Coordinator of individual tutoring, drop-in tutoring and Supplemental Instruction; Responsible for all hiring and training of tutoring staff; Assessment Liaison for Learning Success Center.
  • Professional Interests: Retention issues, metacognition, learning strategies, and interpersonal communication. I am also the Coordinator of States, Regions & Chapters for the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
  • Other Interests: My background is in Theatre Arts and I love attending and directing live theatre. My other interests include music, travel and spending time with family and friends.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Women Owning Womanhood Group Co-Facilitator; Clinical Team Leader; Clinical Supervisor; UCC Eating Disorder Committee member; UCC Liaison to the Athletics Department Wellness Team.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I incorporate an interpersonal, humanistic and feminist approach in my clinical work. My clinical interests include women’s issues, abuse & trauma, disordered eating/body image and LDS culture.
  • Professional Interests: Social justice advocacy in the Latino community, particularly with students who have DACA status.
  • Other Interests: I love spending time outdoors (hiking, boating, paddle boarding), traveling and spending time with friends and family.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Graduate Student Groups Co-Facilitator; Clinical Supervisor; Professional Development and Couples Counseling training seminar leader; Career Services Internship Program liaison.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I integrate principles of humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and feminist multicultural therapy in my work with individual clients. I utilize principles and interventions derived from John Gottman’s approach in couples counseling. My clinical interests include depression/anxiety management strategies, career choice and adjustment, positive psychology, and successfully navigating graduate school.
  • Professional Interests: Women’s career development, especially in STEM fields; LGBTQ concerns.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy hiking, gardening, and watching British comedies on PBS.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Oversee clinical services; Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Clinical Team Leader; Clinical Supervisor; Case Conceptualization training seminar leader; Research Team Coordinator.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My approach to counseling is integrative, using interpersonal process, emotion-focused, feminist, multi-cultural and developmental themes. My clinical interests include trauma, family of origin, adoption and identity development. I am also involved in campus community mental health and clinical consultation.
  • Professional Interests: Campus community mental health; Clinical consultation; Organizational consultation; Professional training; Research and program evaluation; Supporting students with diverse backgrounds and needs.
  • Other Interests: Camping, hiking, anything on the water, my dogs (Sheltie and German Shepherd).
  • UCC Responsibilities: Within the UCC, my role is to provide free, confidential advocacy services to any University of Utah community member who has experienced interpersonal violence.  
  • Clinical Approach & Interests:My approach is to empower the survivors I work with by providing them with options on how to best move forward following the trauma that they have experienced. My goal is to ensure that students, faculty, and staff feel safe and healthy enough to continue in their respective roles at the U. 
  • Professional Interests: My professional interests currently include pursuing a Masters in Social Work, a degree I intend to use to further my work with preventing and responding to power- based personal violence.
  • Other Interests:Outside of my professional role, I enjoy my role on the Student Affairs Diversity Council, as well as spending time at home watching Netflix with my cat, Maisey
  • Professional Interests: Prior to coming to the Center for Student Wellness (CSW) I worked at the U for four years with the Utah College Advising Corps and then as an academic advisor. I’ve always been interested in health and wellness and in 2012 graduated with a Master of Public Health from the University of Utah. Through the CSW I hope to encourage our community of students to lead healthier lives in all dimensions of wellness.
  • Other Interests: In my free time I love reading and watching movies.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, couples, and group counseling; clinical supervision; provide Training Team leadership; and assist in the administrative needs of the UCC
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I draw from a wide variety of modalities, including skills based approaches like Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as relationship based approaches like Interpersonal and Multicultural Theories. I believe technology integration and ongoing assessment are important facets of my practice.
  • Professional Interests: Attend to the developmental needs of trainees with whom I work; intersectional identity development; diversity; healthy integration of LGBTQIA and religious/spiritual identities; and development of supervision and therapy skills in my supervisees
  • Personal Interests: I’ll most likely be found with my warm and intelligent partner playing outside with our three strong and fun-loving daughters. I also love homebrewing and listening to audio books.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and crisis counseling, provide mindfulness coaching, and conduct intake interviews; Outreach; social justice
  • Clinical Approach and Interests: In my practice, I provide strengths-based and solution focused counseling that is founded on a basis of integrity and respect. I believe that the foundation for strong and critical counseling lies in an honest and open therapeutic relationship. I approach each client with confidence that the answers that they seek or growth that they would like to accomplish is within them. My social work training also affords me the ability to open up the discussions with my clients regarding how emotional/ mental health are affected by social/ cultural/ religious/ gender structures around them, i.e. racism and microaggressions, ableism, patriarchy, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.
  • Professional Interests: I have a passion for social justice and a broad experience with survivors of trauma, particularly Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), sexual/ physical/ emotional abuse in childhood, and sexual assault. My professional interests include: homelessness policy and advocacy, healthy masculinity, feminist/womynist counseling, parenting, generational trauma, mindfulness, grief/ loss, identity development, DACA/undocumented and first generation students, and many others.
  • Others interests: I strive to be an active and loving father to my son and my dog, as well as a companion/ cheerleader/ best friend to my partner. I enjoy hiking and exploring the Utah outdoors. A good day is always being with my family, having a nice craft beer and grilling on the Weber.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Provide psychiatry services; Psychiatry resident supervisor.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I teach, supervise training psychiatrists, see patients and have a general psychiatric practice with special interests in mood disorders and time-limited psychotherapy.
  • Other Interests: Outside of work I swim, bike and run by competing in triathlons and can frequently be found at Ute athletic events.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling, provide mindfulness coaching, and conduct intake interviews; Outreach; Clinical supervisor.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I am committed to respecting and valuing the lived experience, wisdom, and strength of each individual I work with. When counseling, I’m respectfully curious about the ways in which society, trauma(s), and family of origin may impact a client’s overall wellbeing. I will often invite clients to practice –and will practice myself- mindfulness, self-compassion, and specific skills that can support them in their own journey of healing. I believe that very good therapy has clear goals, is collaborative, and leaves clients feeling understood and more powerful.
  • Professional Interests: Healing from trauma and abuse, socialization and oppression as traumas, social justice, PTSD, emancipatory mindfulness, acceptance and willingness, LGBTQ affirmative therapy, masculinity and therapy with men, self-compassion, loneliness and reconnection, mental health stigma, family of origin, and art therapy.
  • Other Interests: Biking, hiking, volunteering, live music, comic books, and drawing.
  • Professional Interests: I spent eight years with the West Valley City Prosecutor’s office as their Court Advocate. During this time I became very passionate about crimes directly affecting women, in particular sexual assault. I wanted to become more involved with these cases so I joined the Mobile Response Crisis Team for the Salt Lake City Police Department and was with them for four years. For the past two years I have worked for the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault as their Sexual Assault Training and Services Coordinator.
  • Other Interests: In my free time I love spending time with my dogs and reading.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Jake is the Coordinator of Testing and Assessment at the university of Utah testing center and a Staff Psychologist at the University Counseling Center. Jake also runs the Evidenced Based Practice and Assessment seminars for doctoral interns.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: Jake’s clinical interests include, but are not limited to, couples and family therapy, identity integration, relational issues, and emotion regulation strategies. His clinical work is founded on the humanistic values of holding a hopeful, constructive view of human beings, and of their substantial capacity to be self-determining. Jake takes an ecological perspective in counseling by striving to understand individuals, couples, and families within their social, cultural and familial contexts. Jake strives to integrate cultural knowledge with traditional evidenced-based psychotherapeutic strategies to empower clients to increase their general wellbeing and satisfaction from life.
  • Professional Interests: In addition to his clinical work, Jake is on the Leadership Committee of the LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapists Guild of Utah. In his advocacy role at the Guild, he is active in developing safe resources for community members seeking counseling and training, and works to increase competency of Utah therapists working with LGBTQ+ populations.
  • Other Interests: Jake is also an adjunct instructor in the Department of Educational Psychology where he teaches graduate course in counseling. Jake is also a moderator on the American Psychology Association owned Google+ community Psychology which as 650,000 members.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Clinical supervisor; Outreach training seminar leader; UCC Multicultural Coordinating Committee member.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My approach to counseling integrates feminist, multicultural, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral approaches. My clinical interests include grief, trauma, and women’s career development.
  • Professional Interests: Women’s career development; life-work balance; collaborative multicultural outreach.
  • Other Interests: I am an avid river rafter and enjoy reading novels and watching independent films.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Creating Space & Finding Strengths Group Co-Facilitator; Clinical Supervisor; Couples Counseling Seminar leader.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My clinical interests include couples counseling, impact of family of origin on psychological well-being, concerns around religion/spirituality, diversity issues, working with survivors of abuse/trauma.
  • Professional Interests: Couples work, substance abuse concerns.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family (human and animals), friends, and being in the great outdoors.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; clinical case management.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My approach to counseling integrates multicultural, humanistic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and feminist approaches. My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, adjustment disorder, cultural shock, cultural adjustment, differing acculturation levels among family members, substance abuse issues, parent-child conflict and couple therapy.
  • Professional Interests: Multicultural practice, training and outreach; depression; self-esteem; anxiety
  • Other Interests:I enjoy jogging, hiking, skiing, singing karaoke, playing Ping-Pong, studying Fengshui, listening to music and audio book, watching Jazz games, and spending time with my family.

 

Last Updated: 5/9/17