The family is the environment in which we develop, grow, learn, and prepare for life. Helping a family to be as strong and stable as possible is one of the greatest services one can provide. I am honored and humbled to have a part in helping your family to be a little stronger and more stable.
As a Registered Play Therapist, I believe in the power of art, play, sand tray, books, pretend, and creativity in helping an individual to be able to express themselves. Play therapy allows my clients to be able to explore and process difficult emotions and experiences by facilitating communication, increasing personal strengths, fostering emotional wellness, and enhancing social relationships.
In addition to providing psychotherapy services, I also provide supervision and training to social work practicum students and social work post graduate fellows at Mala.
I am accepting clients of all ages, racial, cultural, religious/spiritual backgrounds, sexualities, and sexual orientations.
In my 20+ years of clinical experience, I have worked with all types of families including adoptive families, birth families, and foster families, as well as children, teens, and adults experiencing adjustment-related disorders, anxiety disorders, attachment, crisis response, depressive disorders, grief and loss, impulse control, obsessive-compulsive disorders, self-esteem, sexual addictions, spiritual concerns, and trauma.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Solution Focused
Master of Social Work—Brigham Young University; Provo, UT
Bachelor of Science in Psychology—Brigham Young University; Provo, UT
Associate of Music—Ricks College; Rexburg, ID
Registered Play Therapist
Adoption Certificate—Michigan State University School of Social Work Continuing Education
Hobbies and Interests
Classical music, amateur classical pianist, musical theater, French language and culture, roller coasters (the bigger, the faster, the better!), cooking and baking, movies, travel, binge watching whatever (I have eclectic tastes in shows)
Moderated teen adoptee panel at Families Supporting Adoption International Conference in Salt Lake City, UT
Moderated group discussion on openness in adoption at Families Supporting Adoption Regional Conference in Kirtland, OH
Presentation on self-esteem at Families Supporting Adoption International Conference in Layton, UT
Presentation on Attachment Theory at Family Services North America Northeast Regional Conference in Boston, MA
Presentation on self-esteem at Families Supporting Adoption Regional Conference in Boston, MA
Presentation on Collaboration with Colleagues at Family Services Great Lakes Regional Conference in Chicago, IL
Presentation on Basics of Play Therapy at Family Services Great Lakes Regional Conference in Cincinnati, OH
Co-presenter on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy at Family Services Great Lakes Regional Conference in Sandusky, OH
Co-presenter on Pornography Treatment: Working with Adolescents at Core Services Training for all clinical staff at Family Services
Presentation on Psychological First Aid at combined regional training in Nashua, NH
Co-presenter on Marriage Treatment: Consultation at Core Services Training for all clinical staff at Family Services
Presentation of Addiction: The Brain Science at the Family Services Michigan Detroit Agency Addiction Recovery Program Annual Conference