My Areas of Interest:
I am honored to provide you a space for growth based on sound clinical research and wisdom to alleviate your pain, focus on your strengths, and encourage real change. I have over ten years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families on a wide variety of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relationships, and addiction.I understand the very unique challenges that come with life transitions, such as work-life-family balance, grief and loss, identity, and religious and spiritual issues. In addition, I also enjoy and have extensive experience working with those in the health care and helping professions (doctors, pharmacists, attorneys, therapists, and other caregivers).
My Style and Approach to Therapy:
Empathy, authenticity, and unconditional acceptance are the fundamental qualities I cultivate in the relationships with my clients. I try to create a safe place where they can be vulnerable and validated while also gaining the room for self-compassion, hope, healing, and change. My approach to therapy is holistic, though I am drawn to attachment and person-centered theories within a multicultural framework. I also strongly resonate with the research on shame, vulnerability, and wholehearted living by Brene Brown. I value collaboration and support in the therapeutic process while also being direct when providing feedback. Essentially, the theories and interventions I use vary and depend upon my client’s unique presenting issue, cultural background, needs, and readiness.
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Concentration: Community/Agency, University of Missouri-Columbia
BFA in Performing Arts, Stephens College
Research, Training, and Experience
Internship: University of Texas-Austin Counseling & Mental Health Center
Professional Experience: St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Director of the Counseling Center
Teaching: Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia
St. Louis Psychological Association