More About Me

Education

I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology in 2002 from Arizona State University. and a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in Phoenix, spending my internship treating children and adolescents struggling with behavioral, psychological and emotional issues in the Phoenix area.

I completed my Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, completing post-doctoral training at Rosewood Ranch, a residential eating disorder center in Wickenburg, Arizona, after my internship at West Valley Family Development Center in Avondale, Arizona, providing individual and family therapy, psychological and neuropsychological assessments, and clinical supervision.

Experience

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. I trained with world-renowned authors and clinicians, Pia Mellody and Claudia Black on how to approach addiction in the group setting. and provided individual therapy in an outpatient clinic .

In 2008, I became an independent Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona with specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing from the   EMDR Institute, Inc. and I am aCertified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

Other Interests

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 a speaker for the Second Saturday Divorce workshop addressing emotional and family issues arising during or after the divorce process to rebuild self-esteem.

I dedicate my private life to family and engaging in my own self-care. Finding my own balance is essential in my own ability to work with others in this field.

Interviews

Arizona State University

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