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  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews as well as provide outreach presentations and programming as needed.
  • Professional Interests: Identity exploration, self- compassion, relationship concerns and dynamics, family of origin concerns, anxiety, depression, group therapy, self- esteem, spirituality, life transitions, and grief and loss.
  • Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, traveling (usually to spend time with friends and family), music, reading, painting, hiking, yoga, good conversations over brunch or sushi, binging the latest Netflix or HBO show, and meeting the needs of the greatest joy in my life - my little dachshund Macki. 

  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitates individual and relationship counseling; conducts intake interviews; facilitates the Faith + Doubt support group and the Embody body image therapy group; oversees the UCC's training programs; teaches training seminars; provides crisis coverage; provides 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 a trauma-informed and EMDR-trained therapist.  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 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.

  • 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 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: Facilitate individual, group, and couple/relationship counseling and conduct intake interviews.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: As someone who finds great purpose and energy in relationships, I approach each client as a fellow human who is built for connection and I begin at the place of shared humanity. I strive to empower each individual within our therapeutic relationship as the expert in their own experience and I aim to engage in a reflexive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive practice. I am trained in EMDR and I draw from therapeutic modalities of CBT, self-compassion, and emotion-focused therapy.
  • Professional Interests: I have special interest in trauma and disordered eating, as well as social justice and policy.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy spending time with my partner and our dog, exercising, baking and eating chocolate chip cookies, catching up with a friend over coffee, and my ultimate self-care of going to bed early.

  • UCC Responsibilities: I meet with students who are in crisis and need immediate assistance, as well as for individual counseling. I am a facilitator for the Feel Better Now workshop (a psycho-educational and coping skills group). Further, I am 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, dance, aerial silks, and playing the piano are important areas of my life that help keep me fulfilled and engaged with my clinical work.

  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couple/relationship counseling and conduct intake interviews.  Provide embedded counseling and wellness services for the Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I identify as a feminist multicultural therapist, which means I openly and collaboratively invite my clients to discuss internal and external identities, and explore how those identities intersect with the systems we are part of in society. In creating space for openness related to identity, I believe there is opportunity to honor identities while rejecting oppression, which can be a healing component for many. My clinical approach to therapy is based in feminist multicultural theory, and I focus on collaborating with my clients to create shared goals. I utilize somatic, cognitive, mindfulness, and trauma informed modalities in therapy.
  • Professional Interests: Trauma recovery, multicultural counseling, social justice, and increasing mental health access to underrepresented groups.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy spending quality time with my partner and daughter, ongoing learning of all types, cuddling with pets, and incorporating exercise like zumba and kickboxing.

  • UCC Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling, conduct intake interviews, conduct mindfulness center programming, and provide outreach programming. Supervise Advanced Undergraduate Interns.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: Feminist Multicultural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Professional Interests: biculturalism, self-compassion, mindfulness, and working with women of color
  • Other Interests: hiking, running, reading, yoga, Nielsen’s frozen custard

  • 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: Facilitate individual, group, and crisis counseling; Conduct intake interviews.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My clinical approach is an integrative one, informed primarily by feminist-multicultural, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral modalities, with mindfulness woven throughout. I firmly believe that the foundation for therapeutic success is found in collaboration with clients. I strive to offer an open and accepting environment for self-exploration as well as critical examination of internal and external messages impacting one’s ability to live authentically.
  • Professional Interests: LGBTQ+ issues; identity development through the lens of intersectionality; neurodiversity and autism spectrum advocacy; mental health stigma; trauma-informed mindfulness practice; self-compassion. 
  • Other Interests: As a self-described “introvert supreme,” I find joy and rejuvenation in one-on-one dialogues with close friends as well as in solitary activities like yoga, writing, and cuddling with my three cats while listening to one of the many podcasts I’m following. I’d be remiss if I didn’t have a book readily at hand no matter where I find myself and probably spend far too much money and time scouring the shelves of my local independent booksellers. As a kid who grew up playing piano competitively, music has a soft spot in my heart. I have a wide variety of musical interests ranging from classic punk to gypsy jazz to avant garde rock and am always open to finding new and exciting artists. Last, but certainly not least, connecting with others over a good cup of coffee who share a passion for social justice as well as sarcastic irreverence.

  • 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: Provide psychiatric medication evaluations and medication management for clients currently attending therapy or counseling at the UCC.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I love being a psychiatric nurse practitioner and integrating both medical and therapeutic models in order to provide the best possible outcome for clients. When prescribing, I focus on fully educating clients on their choices and using evidenced based practice to monitor medication effectiveness. When working with clients in therapy, I primarily use the multicultural-Feminist Empowerment framework but am also fully certified in EMDR and Mind Body Bridging. I also have experience working with cognitive behavioral therapy, ACT, Mind-Body Bridging, DBT and other therapy modalities.
  • Professional Interests: Psychiatric medication evaluation and management, PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, mindfulness. I especially enjoy working with clients who have PTSD or have experienced trauma, and believe that everyone has inherent value, strength and healing capacity.
  • Other Interests: Boating and water skiing, reading (especially biographies), collecting antique books, traveling, anything Wonder Woman, disco and 80s music, going to concerts, Zumba, puppies and spending time with my family.

  • 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: 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:  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: Individual and relationship counseling. Co-leader of the Loneliness & Connection Group.  Supervision and training of early-career social workers.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I'm committed to respecting and valuing the lived experiences, wisdom, survival strategies, goals, and loved ones of each individual I work with. I recognize that therapy is only helpful when it is honest about how historical and current oppression, marginalization, trauma(s), and our sense of belonging/safety informs understandable thoughts, behaviors, and feelings that are too often met with harsh judgment rather than understanding. I have found it critical to talk openly about racism, homophobia, classism, and socializaion (including my own) in therapy, while also recognizing the healing and thriving that comes from finding/making community, acting on deeply held values, and responding to ourselves with compassion. I will often invite clients to practice mindful awareness of emotions, self-compassion, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) skills as these can be powerful alternatives to shame, imposter syndrome, and perfectionism. I've found that therapy works best when it is guided by client goals/desires and leaves clients feeling understood and empowered.
  • Professional Interests: Healing from trauma(s) and PTSD, socialization and oppression as trauma and pathways to healing and community, work across differences (race, sex, class),  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, LGBTQ affirmative therapy, masculinity and therapy with men, self-compassion and perfectionism, loneliness, mental health stigma, and family of origin concerns.
  • Other Interests: Biking, hiking, concerts, comic books, a good scented candle, writing and drawing.

  • 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: Facilitate individual, group, and couples counseling and conduct intake interviews; Clinical supervisor.
  • 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: 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; Conduct intake interviews; Provide embedded counseling services for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion offices.
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I draw from a variety of modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therap, Feminist Multicultural Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as integrating mindfulness based practices. I value genuine connection and fostering an affirmative space in which the client is the expert of their experience
  • Professional Interests: Self-compassion, grief/loss, mindfulness, marginalized and underrepresented communities, generational trauma and creative and expressive art therapies.
  • Other Interests: I enjoy swimming and paddle boarding, game nights with family and friends, exploring delectable dessert spots, watching professional and collegiate sporting events with my partner and family, circuit or HIIT workouts and baking (mainly chocolate) treats.

  • 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: 9/23/21