I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2002 from Arizona State University. I continued my educational pursuits earning a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix with an internship treating children and adolescents struggling with behavioral, psychological and emotional issues.
I completed my formal education earning a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, completing an internship providing individual and family therapy, psychological and neuropsychological assessments, and clinical supervision at West Valley Family Development Center in Avondale, Arizona.
I performed my post-doctoral training at Rosewood Ranch, a residential eating disorder center in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Prior to college I enlisted in the US Army that allowed me to travel and experience other cultures. I used the experience to help ground me and prepare me for the adult struggles that I faced in my personal and professional life. I worked as a Case Manager at Value Options under the Maricopa County’s Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA), treating serious mental illnesses. My first counseling position focused on trauma resolution at The Meadows, a residential trauma and addiction rehabilitation center in Wickenburg, Arizona. She trained with world-renowned authors and clinicians, Pia Mellody and Claudia Black on how to approach addiction in the group setting. I also worked in at outpatient clinic providing individual therapy. In 2008, I became independent Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona.
I also have specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing from the EMDR Institute, Inc. and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
In addition to my psychological practice I work as a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross providing emotional support and crisis intervention to disaster survivors impacted by disasters ranging from single family fires to large national disasters.
I am a member of the Arizona Psychological Association where I co-chaired the Student Affairs Committee and a member of the Ethics Committee.
I am also a speaker for the Second Saturday Divorce workshop discussing emotional and family issues that arises during and after the divorce process and rebuilding self-esteem.
When I am not working or volunteering, I dedicate my time to family and engaging in my own self-care. Finding a balance is not just something I try to encourage my patients to develop but is essential in my own ability to work with others in this field.