Assistant Director of Clinical Operations
B.A. - Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Psy.D. - Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL
Internship - Counseling and Psychological Services, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
I have several years of experience in university counseling settings and am pleased to have recently joined the staff of UC CAPS. As the Assistant Director of Clinical Services, I strive to create an inviting, accessible space where students of all backgrounds, orientations, and abilities feel comfortable, welcomed, and valued. I am also invested in creating solid relationships throughout the campus community and believe that our best way of serving students is to do so through our collaborative efforts and expertise. I believe that the role of a university counseling center is pertinent to the health, wellness, and academic success of students. In addition to providing counseling and psychotherapy, I am dedicated to the provision of mental health education, crisis intervention/prevention, and consultation services to faculty, staff, and students.
When working with students in therapy, I adjust my approach to best fit their clinical needs, personality, and worldview. I focus on providing a nurturing environment where students feel respected, understood, and safe to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. I assist students in developing insight, recognizing their inherent strengths, and developing coping skills.
I take a multicultural/feminist approach to relational, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral approaches. I am dedicated to utilizing Empirically Supported Treatments and assisting our staff in maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the field so that we are providing the highest standards of care.
As a generalist, I am comfortable treating a range mental health issues. I work regularly with students experiencing common development and adjustment issues as well as more severe symptomology and distress. I am content in working within individual, group, and couples psychotherapy contexts. I work particularly well with mood disorders, anxiety, disordered eating, and interpersonal difficulties as well as issues associated with culture, gender, orientation, and veteran readjustment.
I recognize the mind-body connection and have studied and taught Mindfulness-Based-Stress Reduction for over ten years. In addition, I value bringing mindfulness and wellness into my personal life. I am pleased to serve on a multi-disciplinary team which works together to attend to the many facets of student health.
Supervisees describe feeling both supported and challenged in their work with me. Although I readily provide guidance as needed, I maintain a strong interest in my supervisees’ expertise and unique strengths. As a supervisor, I am highly interpersonal and focus on supporting my trainees as they strengthen self-awareness and find their own voice and authority. I believe strongly that this can only be done in an honest, safe, nurturing, and strength-based context, and I put forth great energy in creating an environment where trainees feel they can be both strong, opinionated, and uniquely themselves while also showing vulnerability and asking for help when needed.
I am a licensed psychologist in Ohio. I am also a member of the Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS).