Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (ICBT)], Harm Reduction, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I am a solution-style therapist that focuses on how a person can rediscover their true sense of self and purpose. I start where the client is at and we build on that together. Starting therapy is like starting a hike you have never been on. Sure there will be some uphills and you are not sure how long it will last or how tired you will get. But this hike is one we take together. I have brought plenty of water and snacks and we will make it to the top, and the view will be worth it!
I have worked with; substance users, people who are unhoused, victims of trauma, families experiencing trauma, LGBTQ+, refugees, and many other types of issues individuals experience in life. I appreciate what others undergo and I personally consider it an honor to sit across from someone and promote healthy choices and give validation and reassurance for their desire to improve their life.
MSW - Social Work, University of Missouri
I became a mental health professional to assess and assist others in their journey to find their true sense of self and stabilize their life for the better. I have had a passion for serving others for as long as I can remember and I value giving all that I can to others to support and encourage the betterment of our society.
I love the outdoors and my hobbies are snowboarding, paddleboarding, hiking, and traveling.
Making sure I drink plenty of water and go outside and get some valuable Vitamin D from mother nature.
The Alchemist. Easily my favorite book. I've read it so many times that it's all worn out now. That story has everything; traveling, love, discovering a sense of self and belonging, finding where a person belongs in life, and securing their purpose.
Boys and Girls Club. That was my very first internship in college and through their organization, I was able to see how much value and impact we all can have on children and how vital that organization is to communities.
When I need a minimal recharge it can be just a little walk outside or work out at the gym. However, when I need a bigger recharge I need my best friend and one of our multi-year vacations together. Usually, those look like overnight kayaking trips, road trips, 10+ mile hikes, or jumping on a place and adventuring to a new place to us.
I sadly do not have any pets currently but will be adopting one soon. My favorite pet story comes from when I adopted my first dog as an adult. I was waiting in the room for the dog visit when the human society staff walked in with him. This dog who I had only interacted with through the metal cage just a few minutes before, walked in and saw me sitting on the bench. He hurried walked over to me, jumped on the bench, and sat beside me as if he was a person. He leaned his head over on my shoulder and I knew he belonged with me.
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