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  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couple/relationship counseling and conduct intake interviews;; Provides embedded counseling and wellness services for the S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I approach therapy from a systemic lens with the assumption that numerous factors influence the quality of our mental health. I subscribe to the belief that our past impacts our present, and what we don’t consciously heal, we unconsciously repeat. My theoretical orientations integrate Strategic Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and attachment theories. I utilize trauma-informed approaches and am a EMDR-trained therapist. I support clients through my use of creativity and figurative language alongside my compassionate yet challenging nature. My insightful and inclusive approach to therapy helps clients gain understanding to their patterns while making effective changes.
  • Professional Interests: Some areas I am passionate about include trauma, perfectionism, parentification and codependency, Attachment Theory, as well as reducing shame and increasing vulnerability in the workplace. I am interested in getting formal training in Internal Family Systems and Somatic Therapy.
  • Other Interests:  Good Food (creating and consuming), spending time with my partner and with my dog, Pip, gardening, traveling, and pottery.
  • College of Law information: https://www.law.utah.edu/student-affairs/wellness-belonging/

  • UCC responsibilities: Provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for clients currently attending therapy or counseling at the UCC.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: Before I became a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I worked as a registered nurse in pediatrics. This background has reinforced my understanding that every human has a unique perspective of the world. As a provider, my medication recommendations are tailored toward an individual's background and his or her hopes for the future, not just their illness or diagnosis.
  • Professional Interests: Since 2014, my career as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner has followed a path through a variety of treatment settings managing a wide range of mental illnesses. In every case, the most satisfying part of my work has occurred when I was able to be a part of a holistic, client-focused, multidisciplinary team of professionals. I thrive in a setting, much like a university campus, that is dynamic, stimulating, unbiased, and diverse. An environment like this supports the greatest potential for success with medication use in the treatment of mental illness. 
  • Other Interests: I am passionate about rock climbing and trail running. Adventuring and residing in the mountains is a vital aspect of my mental wellness. I embrace the virtues of simple living and I strive to reduce my impact on this one inhabitable planet. I'm also a rule-breaking vegan when it comes to baked goods and backyard chicken eggs.

  • UCC Responsibilities: 
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My primary approaches to treatment are Feminist (with an intersectional lens) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also draw on Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Positive Psychology interventions. I tend to focus a great deal on self-compassion. I consider myself a generalist, addressing a wide variety of concerns. I am especially passionate about working with graduate students, BIPOC people, people with disabilities and chronic illness, and LGBTQ+ clients. My specialty areas include identity development, trauma, grief, sexual concerns, faith crises, & coping with the impacts of oppression & marginalization.
  • Professional Interests:Identity development, power & privilege, disability & access, chronic illness
  • Other Interests: I was raised in Salina, Utah. I am is a first-degree descendant of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe of North Dakota on my father’s side of the family and descended from LDS (Mormon) pioneers on my mom’s side of the family. I am currently undergoing the year-long process of conversion to Judaism, and am very interested in spirituality of a variety of kinds. I also love to incorporate my clients’ religious and spiritual beliefs into treatment when desired/applicable. In my free time, I love to spend time with my 9 nieces and nephews and my two dogs (Starli and Violet). I love reading books on psychology, spirituality, and sci-fi/fantasy. I enjoy listening to a lot of podcasts on a wide variety of topics. I practice kundalini yoga, though not as much as I’d like to! I do a lot of crafting, and listen to a lot of podcasts.

 

  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling; Conduct intake interviews; Provide embedded counseling service for the College of Engineering.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I value acceptance, compassion, and collaboration in my work. I tailor my approach to meet individual needs from a person-centered, strength-based, and relational perspective to support students with skills, strategies, and solutions. I provide experiential/healing-oriented treatment by integrating Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), and other evidence-based approaches. 
  • Professional Interests: Depression; anxiety; identity development/self-esteem; relationship issues with intimate partner/family members; multicultural counseling.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy reading, playing video games, watching suspense and independent movies, and playing with my son.
  • College of Engineering Information: https://www.coe.utah.edu/students/current/counseling/

  • UCC Responsibilities:Facilitates care management, help students get connected with mental health services in the community, provides individual counseling, conduct intake interviews, coordinate 1st year MSW program, provide supervision, assist with outreach and training and other programming as needed.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Moral Recognition Therapy. I approach with multicultural, strength based and trauma informed lens. Also provides special insights on diversity issues and its co-relationship with mental health.
  • Professional Interests:Trauma informed care, multicultural counseling, diversity and inclusion issues, immigration and 1st gen mental health, self-esteem, identity and acculturation issues, self-compassion and empowerment.
  • Other Interests:Love spending time with friends and family, connecting with nature (hiking, long walks), working out sometimes, binging Netflix, performing traditional dances and being active in the Nepalese community. 

 

  • UCC Responsibilities: I facilitate individual, couples, and group counseling, conduct initial intakes, and assist with outreach programming and presentations.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I engage in the therapeutic process from a multicultural, strength-based perspective, believing that establishing a healthy therapeutic relationship can assist in creating a safe place for clients to explore and understand their experiences, identify their needs, establish goals and work towards meeting them. Given the diversity of clients’ needs and backgrounds, I believe in the “toolbox approach” for therapy from which I draw on a variety of different therapeutic interventions that include humanistic psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, emotionally focused therapy, mindfulness and trauma informed psychotherapy. I specialize in working with people who have trauma histories. I believe in therapy being a respectful dialogue that includes helping clients develop skills to meet their goals.
  • Professional Interests: Trauma and PTSD, including interpersonal violence, sexual abuse, childhood abuse and generational violence. I am interested in and try my best at practicing mindfulness, meditation, self-compassion and compassion towards others. I am interested in how gratitude affects mental health. I have a passion for working with undocumented, Latino, and first-generation clients, as well as for exploring the experience of being bi-cultural, (i.e. “between two worlds”) and for learning about other cultures.
  • Other Interests: Being in nature feeds my soul, as does time spent with my family, my dog Bonnie (a majestic Corgi) and connecting with close friends. I enjoy sharing a good meal with others, having honest conversations about how a person is really doing, listening to music that has Native American flute in it and to the quiet sounds of nature.

 

 

  • UCC Responsibilities:I facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct initial consultation. 
  • Clinical Approach & Interests:The foundation of my clinical work is relational psychodynamic psychotherapy. I focus on building the therapeutic relationship with clients in which change and growth can happen through gaining insights and corrective experience. I also integrate cognitive and behavioral approaches in the brief therapy frame to fit the needs of college students. 
  • Professional Interests:Trauma and PTSD, multiculturalism and acculturation experience,  relationship issues
  • Other Interests:I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and biking. I love playing sports such as volleyball, badminton and pickleball with my friends. I also like role-playing and puzzle video games. 

 

  • 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 leadership and oversee all functions of the University Counseling Center.  Consult with various campus and community stakeholders.
  • Professional Interests: I have a strong identity as a Student Affairs Professional and a Psychologist.  My professional interests include psychological assessment, working with students with disabilities, and administration.
  • Other interests: I enjoy food and cooking (you will hear me often say that Alton Brown is a personal hero of mine).  I value spending time with my family and our lovable, happy-go-lucky, Goldendoodle Jax.  I also enjoy console gaming (PS5) when I have spare time.

  • UCC Responsibilities:  Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; embedded counseling services for the Colleges of Health Science
  • Clinical Approach and Interests: My first goal in working with clients is to develop a 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 multicultural, strengths-based approach to address mutually agreed-upon goals. I draw from humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal theories, and I use various techniques to provide skills to my clients and help them to achieve their goals.
  • Professional Interests:  Anxiety, depression, mindfulness, self-compassion, interpersonal relationships. I also have a passion for working with first-generation college students and helping to dismantle barriers that could keep the students I work with from achieving their desired goals.
  • Others 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: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Clinical supervisor; Provides embedded counseling and wellness services for the S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My clinical work draws from feminist, interpersonal, attachment, and existential frameworks. I cultivate a holistic approach to experience, by tending to its expression at emotional, cognitive, body and cultural levels with gentle curiosity and compassion. I view the therapeutic work as a collaborative journey of healing, growth, and empowerment leading to authentic living.
  • Professional Interests: Identity development and integration through multicultural lenses, trauma, loss and healing work, connection and co-construction of “reality” in relationships (at micro- and macro- levels), and spirituality
  • Other Interests: Grounding and re-centering in the midst of nature, reading, movies (especially, independent and foreign dramas), poetry, life paradoxes, music, word play, stimulating and passionate debates, savoring the quiet

  • UCC Responsibilities: I provide individual and group counseling, initial intake sessions and crisis intervention services. I also co-coordinate and assist with outreach programming and presentations. 
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My career thus far has been based in supporting students in educational settings. I provide counseling from a client-centered (meaning you are the expert of your experience) and feminist, multi-cultural framework to collaborate on setting and working toward therapeutic goals. Some of my clinical interests include: issues of identity, working with first-generation students, self-esteem/compassion, stress management and relational issues. 
  • Professional Interests: I am interested in learning more about trauma, PTSD and mind-body bridging. I also continue to work on my own practice of mindful self-compassion toward myself and others and how this can inform my practice as a clinician.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, going on easy hikes, dabbling in quilting/sewing/crafting when I find time and keeping up with my favorite reality TV shows and Netflix series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • UCC Responsibilities: I facilitate individual and group counseling, and perform Intake sessions for new clients seeking clinical services.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I approach therapy with the innate belief in the strength and insight of the individuals who sit across from me.  Although I may offer ideas, feedback, and resources, your voice is the most important one in the room. My hope in our time together is to empower that voice as a guide on your journey to healing, growth, and change. To this end, I draw on a humanistic, person-centered approach to counseling, while incorporating cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based interventions to treatment.  With an expanded toolbox of skills and practices to support them, clients are better prepared to navigate the extensive demands and responsibilities of student life.
  • Professional Interests: The natural world is my greatest teacher, guide, support, coping skill, and healing space. Whether hiking, biking, rock climbing, snowboarding, or simply sitting in the sun, my time in the outdoors is my most sacred. I am also a rugby player, home chef, yoga practitioner and aspiring meditator.

  • 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: 6/20/24