B.A. - Psychology, University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY
M.S. - Counseling Psychology; University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY
Ph.D. - Counseling Psychology; University of Houston; Houston, TX
Internship - Miami University Student Counseling Services; Oxford, OH
I have experience working with diverse populations and within many different clinical settings. My clinical experiences have included providing individual, couples, and group counseling as well as assessment in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, veterans’ services, community non-profit agencies, and college counseling centers.
Specifically, I have focused on working with college student populations and individuals with concerns related to disordered eating and body image. In addition to the University of Cincinnati Counseling Center, I have provided counseling services at the University of Houston Clear Lake Counseling Services Center and at Miami University Student Counseling Service. My clinical experience with college students includes the following presenting concerns: mood and anxiety disorders, relationship and family concerns, eating disorders, body image, history of trauma and/or physical/emotional abuse, grief and loss, difficulty transitioning through developmental life stages, and identity concerns.
Much of my clinical work includes specialized training and experience working with adolescents and college students struggling with eating disorders. I have conducted group counseling at the Center for Eating and Weight Disorders in Lexington, Kentucky, provided individual and group counseling at an inpatient and outpatient program for eating disorders at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston Texas, co-led body image groups in hospital and college counseling settings, and designed college campus outreach programs related to disordered eating and body image.
My professional interests include College Student Mental Heath, Eating Disorders, Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Identity Concerns, Teaching, and Clinical Supervision and Training.
I have an integrative approach to counseling and psychotherapy which includes a person-centered approach that incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness teachings and psychoeducation. My work with students is aimed at helping them to uncover and process the underlying causes of their current distress, to better understand how current psychological symptoms are impacting their daily physical and emotional functioning, to develop effective coping skills, and to learn techniques to effectively regulate difficult emotions and challenge unhelpful thoughts and feelings.
I hold the strong belief that the ultimate approach to mental, physical, and spiritual wellness is to achieve and maintain balance in life. Self-care can often get put on the backburner when trying to juggle work, family, friends, school, etc.; therefore the key to practicing good self-care is to make sure to always put oneself on his/her to-do list each day regardless of how busy one’s schedule might be. Common ways to achieve balance are to utilize time management techniques, develop ways to relax and calm oneself through mindfulness, yoga or physical exercise, to routinely share one’s true thoughts and feelings, to schedule regular breaks, and to work hard to only set goals that are realistic and obtainable.
My supervisory style is collaborative, developmental, and egalitarian. I put a strong emphasis on meeting the student where he/she is developmentally in his/her training and on creating a safe environment in which the student feels comfortable disclosing strengths, growth areas, questions, etc. In working towards facilitating a comfortable training environment I take time to get to know the trainee on both a professional and personal level in order to help the trainee incorporate self-care, balance, and consultation into his/her training experience. In addition, I spend time focusing on parallel process and interpersonal process of the supervisor-supervisee relationship. Lastly supervision discussions are framed in ways to facilitate professional development by focusing on multicultural competence, case conceptualization, continued growth of theoretical orientation, and techniques to facilitate client change.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association. In addition, I participate in regular volunteer opportunities and community fundraising within the city of Cincinnati.