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Psychology Interns, 2016-2017

Psychology Interns, 2016-2017

  • UCC Responsibilities: As a doctoral intern at the UCC, some of my responsibilities include individual, group, and couple’s counseling, supervision of counseling psychology practicum student therapists, and psychological testing. I also co-teach ED PSYCH 3010: Multicultural Issues.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I see therapy as an opportunity to build self-awareness that helps to ease current distress and, ultimately, allows clients to better manage future challenges in their lives. I believe the growth necessary to feel better comes through connection with other people.  I use a relational and humanistic approach to therapy wherein I work with clients collaboratively to explore their strengths, desires, and areas for growth.  While I work with students with a variety of concerns and backgrounds, I have a particular interest in working with students exploring sex and sexuality-related concerns and nonreligious students, or those questioning their faith.
  • Professional Interests: I love to teach and some of the most rewarding and joyful experiences in my life are being present when a student learns something new that shifts her/his worldview. My research interests are related to atheism and nonbelief including atheist outness and how stigma impacts atheists’ mental and physical health.  Another professional interest is women’s sexuality and, specifically, advocating for positive views of women’s sexuality, helping women understand their sexual functioning, and providing scientifically accurate sex education.
  • Other Interests: I really enjoy traveling and experiencing new and different cultures. I also love to read.  Some favorites are Christopher Moore novels, Jane Austen, and memoirs by writers like Mindy Kaling, Augusten Burroughs, and Jimmy Carter.  
  • UCC Responsibilities: I conduct intakes, provide individual and couples therapy and co-facilitate group. I also provide supervision to practicum students, co-teach the undergraduate Multicultural Issues course, and participate in outreach and committee work.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My first goal in working with clients is to develop a very strong and supportive relationship. We will discuss ourselves and our identities so that we can understand how these may impact our work together. I use a strengths-based approach to address mutually agreed-upon goals. I draw from humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal theories, and I use various techniques to help my clients achieve their goals. I have particular interests in depression, anxiety, substance use, and other issues affecting college students such as test anxiety, homesickness or adapting to being a first generation college student.
  • Professional Interests: My research interests revolve around substance use and how attitudes toward alcohol and drug use impact treatment. My professional interests include substance use, couple’s therapy, multicultural issues, and positive psychology. I am a strong advocate for my clients to help ensure they receive the support and services they need. I also have a passion for teaching and have been very involved in the teaching of undergraduate psychology.
  • Other Interests: I find it very important to have a good work-life balance. In my free time I enjoy traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

 

  • UCC Responsibilities: I conduct intakes, co-facilitate groups, and provide counseling to individual clients. I also supervise practicum students and participate in various outreach projects and committees.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My approach to therapy involves working with clients collaboratively, in a way that honors them as the experts of their own experience. I believe that there are countless ways to wellness, including accepting rather than resisting inner experiences, understanding the impact of family of origin and broader societal systems, and creating new meaning out of emotional experiences. I also focus on helping clients move towards richer and more fulfilling lives by making choices consistent with their values. Mindfulness is a salient aspect of my approach.
  • Professional Interests: My research interests focus on mindfulness as a tool for therapists, to help them be more effective in their work with clients.
  • Other Interests: Traveling, cooking, yoga, and all activities that take me into the mountains (climbing and skiing are a couple of favorites).

 

UCC ResponsibilitiesI work with individual clients and couples in therapy. I conduct intakes and co-facilitate groups at the UCC. Additionally, I provide supervision to counseling psychology practicum students and co-teach a Multicultural Issues course offered through the Department of Educational Psychology.

Clinical Approach & InterestsI work collaboratively with clients to develop a treatment plan helping them achieve their therapeutic goals and a more balanced life. Depending on each client’s preference, I employ a number of different evidence-based therapeutic approaches including techniques to adjust unhelpful behaviors and thought patterns, increase client insight into relationships with self and others, and strengthen commitment to living a life the client values. In my work with every client, I aim to create a trusting relationship and a space in which the client can feel safe and comfortable to discuss difficult topics.

Professional InterestsMy research focuses on group therapy, specifically addressing the therapeutic relationship and outcomes in group.

Other InterestsI love spending time with friends and family, playing board games, going to the beach, snowboarding, cooking, trying new restaurants, and rewarding hard work with a good Netflix binge.

 

Last Updated: 2/3/17