I have been practicing for 8 years and am a current PhD candidate in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. I bring an evidence-based, trauma-informed, and systems approach to individual and relational therapy. My clinical focus is primarily rooted in attachment theory, which states that we are all hard-wired for connection and that secure attachments with others are some of the greatest indicators of overall well-being. As such, many of our most profound healing experiences and deepest emotional wounds happen with those closest to us. It is my goal to help you explore your attachment history, identify patterns that contribute to gridlock issues, and then work to communicate your needs in new ways that strengthen connection, trust, and security in your present and future relationships.
I have extensive training working with intimate partners who are seeking to rekindle connection, reconcile, or are in the discernment process. I also have specialized experience in working with queer/LGBTQ+ clients, especially those who were raised in non-affirming environments. Through my studies I have had opportunities to teach undergraduate courses and to conduct and consume research on a regular basis. I incorporate any relevant, current findings in my clinical work.
Personality and Approach
My personality has been described as “gentle, but firm”, meaning compassionate and empathetic yet also driven to help with the change process—likely stemming from my years as a collegiate athlete and former basketball coach. However, I also bring a healthy dose of humor (mostly self-deprecating) to occasionally lighten the mood. Therapy can be fun, too! I strive to privilege the positive as we tackle difficult issues together.
I have lightheartedly told my clients that I don’t want them “to be my clients forever”, meaning I want you to find healing, connection, and relief as soon as possible. This requires all of us to do our parts both in and outside of our scheduled sessions. I work best with clients who are open to feedback, who are willing to work on any of their personal contributions to a perpetual issue first, and who routinely complete assigned tasks between sessions.
PhD Candidate, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Minnesota
Master’s Degree, Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University
Primary Treatment Models
Internal Family Systems
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)
Teaching Experience (independent and/or as a teaching assistant)
FSoS 3102 - Family Systems and Diversity
FSoS 1101 - Intimate Relationships
FSoS 4107 - Traumatic Stress and Resilience in Vulnerable Families
FSoS 1201: Human Development