Training Coordinator and Staff Psychologist
Ph.D. - Counseling Psychology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Internship - Counseling, Testing, and Career Center, The University of Akron
M.Ed. - Counselor Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
I thoroughly enjoy working with college students and have spent the majority of my professional career- 17 years- working in college counseling centers. I feel honored to assist students at such an important time in their lives and empower them to make healthy decisions to improve their well-being. In particular, I am interested in working with students struggling with dating violence, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity development, gender and multicultural issues, career indecision, and eating disorders. Additionally, I am passionate about training and enjoy supervising counselors-in-training.
I also have experience working in community mental health, private practice, and substance abuse clinics. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults and have experience with mental health administration, substance abuse treatment, and conducting research. I provide individual, group, couples, and crisis counseling, and I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Consultation and outreach activities allow me to interact with campus and community partners to expand the impact of the Counseling Center. I have worked extensively with medical students and provided consultation to residence life staff. Using assessment measures assists me with case conceptualization and was a significant tool in my private practice, where I assisted social workers and judges with family reunification decisions.
Therapy is an opportunity for growth and self-exploration! It can be exciting, difficult, and rewarding all at the same time. In therapy, I use a developmental and integrative approach, consisting primarily of feminist, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural interventions. My goal is to provide a safe space for my clients to explore their emotions and empower them to articulate their goals and begin to make behavior change.
I define my supervision as developmental, feminist, and strength-based. Specifically, I collaborate with my supervisees to identify their training needs, tailor interventions to their developmental level as counselors-in-training in order to facilitate their professional and personal growth, and empower them to use their interpersonal and therapeutic strengths as they address growth edges. I self-disclose and use humor frequently and work to build a trusting, supportive relationship where we can discuss clinical issues and professional identity development issues.
I have been a licensed psychologist in the State of Wisconsin for 10 years and recently received my license in Ohio. I am a member of American Psychological Association’s Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) and Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues). I have a certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health, and I have taught gender-focused courses at the university level.
Spending time with family and friends is a significant factor in personal well-being. Daily exercise is a stress reliever for me, and I enjoy traveling and hiking. My day also involves enjoying a piece (or two!) of chocolate- my favorite food! I love animals and recently took horseback riding lessons. Needless to say, I am not the most skilled rider, but I love just being around the animals- it is a wonderful experience! I love to laugh; it is a way to relax and to remember I cannot take myself too seriously!