|Position:||Associate Field Therapist|
- Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of Utah
- Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in the state of New York
- Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist
- Certified Child Centered Play Therapist
- Circle of Security Parenting Program Facilitator
- Masters of Science, Nazareth College, New York
- Bachelor of Arts, SUNY Potsdam, New York
I believe in all humans being innately good with a core desire for growth, good, and well being. In order to overcome challenges I encourage students to make connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as redefining the story that we tell ourselves in order to create a more helpful narrative. Theoretical orientations that inform my approach include; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills, Narrative therapy and existentialism.
With a background in art therapy, I am driven to formulate and utilize creative interventions that integrate mind, body, and soul needs. I believe that utilizing creative intervention in the wilderness setting provides students with a way to process their challenges visually, tactically , and verbally in order to meet diverse processing needs. In conjunction with creative interventions and talk therapy, I also work to incorporate mindfulness practices in order to support healthy forms of coping, processing, and stress reduction. Due to witnessing first hand the therapeutic impact of nature, I am a strong believer in wilderness therapy. The wilderness setting offers an environment that fosters a balance of beauty and challenge, making nature one of our best teachers and guides. I am passionate about my work, I enjoy getting to know each and every student, and am devoted to supporting their growth all throughout their journey.
Originally from upstate New York, I was drawn to the state of Utah in order to pursue the opportunity to work in wilderness therapy and to explore the beauty of the West. I am very active, frequently spending my free time moving my body and pursuing outdoor adventure sports. You will often find me backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, ice climbing, snowboarding, and surfing. I am most fulfilled while rock climbing and enjoy working hard for the benefits of the humbling views at the top of climbs. Art, journaling, and mindfulness practices are also strongly woven into my daily routine.