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Counseling Psychology Practicum Counselors

Counseling Psychology Practicum Counselors

  • First and foremost, I take a relational and positive psychology approach when collaborating in therapy. I strive to listen and understand your situation before jumping into solutions or problem-solving. My overarching goal is for you to leave our sessions with a greater understanding of self, feeling more empowered to effect the changes you want in your life. In order to do so, I draw on humanistic and cognitive-behavioral approaches, offering various tools and perspectives to help guide you in your process. Personally, the outdoors is my space for reflection, rejuvenation, and play. Whether biking, backcountry skiing, trail-running, or rock climbing- I'm happiest adventuring in the mountains.
  • I believe that we are powerful beyond measure, able to shape our futures. Because of this belief I approach therapy through a lens that if we can change the way we think we can change the way we feel. I believe a large portion of distress is due to our perceptions and beliefs and that we operate in patterns that affect our daily experiences. I take a cognitive approach with behavioral components and interpersonal interventions while ensuring that emotional experience is validated and acknowledged to empower my clients to powerfully move towards their goals and aspirations.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My clinical approach is rooted in deep compassion for people’s struggles and for the associated interwoven emotional experience. Through a feminist-multicultural lens, I view clients as experts on their own experiences deserving of agency, equity, visibility, and kindness. In my clinical work, I take a critical-bioecological theoretical framework which is focused on the interconnectedness of the individual’s internal and external experiences within the various systems governing their life (ex., family, school, community, political climate, etc.). I work collaboratively with my clients to uncover the meaning, self-compassion, resilience, and hope that lies within their own stories.
  • Professional interests: My research interests are centered around issues related to equity, increasing accessibility, and decreasing barriers within systems for individuals who lack social capital.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: Above all, I believe in honoring the background, strengths, opinions, and experience of my clients during the therapy. This means that I tailor my style and interventions to the needs and desires of the individual sitting across from me. I am most apt to draw my interventions from narrative-constructivist therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and relational-cultural therapy. The clinical topics I am drawn to include substance use, trauma, and issues faced by the LGBTQ community.
  • Professional Interests: My current research focuses on risk and protective factors for developing substance use issues during adolescence. I hope to use this research to develop an early intervention tool for use in schools. My long-term goal is to establish and direct a substance use clinic for underserved populations.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My therapeutic approach is trauma-focused, strengths-, and empowerment-based. I often draw from several theories, including but not limited to person-centered, interpersonal, relational-cultural, and feminist-multicultural. I enjoy working with people from varying backgrounds, particularly supporting those who have experienced traumatic events (childhood abuse, sexual assault, interpersonal violence), in their journey towards healing. I believe in the importance of approaching clients with intention, humility and respect; honoring the client as the expert on their lives. Ultimately, I aim to provide a space that feels safe to explore where my clients have been, where they are, and where they want to go – all without judgement.
  • Professional Interests: In my work, I aim to address mental health disparities among marginalized, underrepresented communities. My goal is to help lift people’s voices to influence the care they receive, with the belief that the way a person looks, sounds, or amount of money they have should not negatively impact the care they receive. My experience consists of working with varying populations, including sexual assault survivors, childhood abuse survivors, low-income families, and at-risk youth. As such, my research interests include mental health disparities, cultural identity development, and trauma.

 

Last Updated: 9/9/19