|Position:||Associate Field Therapist|
- Clinical Mental Health Counselor
- Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
- S. in Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
- Trauma-Informed Activity Counselor, Scholze Adolescent Center, Chattanooga TN
- Substance Abuse Interns Therapist, Parkridge Valley Hospital
- Coordinator and Camp Counselor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – Tennessee Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers.
Throughout my experience as a therapist, I have worked with a variety of clients differing in areas such as age, ethnicity, sex, gender, religious affiliation, and socio-economic status. Regardless of the client sitting in front of me, one thing remains most important in the client-counselor relationship, authenticity. Carl Rodgers’ humanistic approach to the counseling relationship resonates most deeply with my own personal approach towards my interactions with clients. At the root of this theory, as well as my counseling practice, authenticity remains a foundational factor to build upon with various other techniques. By practicing my most authentic self with clients, it creates a therapeutic relationship based on trust and comfort that will undoubtedly be needed for when the uncomfortable moments assuredly come throughout treatment.
I find that this approach works well for adolescents for various reasons. My experience has shown me that for some, I am the first person to listen to an adolescent in a manner that is free of conditional terms. By doing this, rapport is built quickly, and further treatment modalities can be utilized quicker in the therapeutic relationship. Adolescents are also much more intuitive than most give credit. I find that when an adolescent can sense true authenticity, their ability to open to foreign ideas is unbelievable.
Beyond rapport building and initial phases of the therapeutic relationship, I attempt to promote change within a client through a strength-based focus. Another factor of Carl Rodger’s Humanistic Theory is an optimistic theme that believes clients can make positive change in life. Through various CBT techniques, I like to uncover various cognitive distortions and motivate the client to challenge these. I find empowering clients to fight their own battles is essential to promoting long-term change within a client.
My interests include all things outdoors. Specifically, I enjoy moderate backpacking trips, kayaking, hiking, off-roading, camping, and exploring national parks in my camper van. I tend to normally have a project that I am working on. I have built a 1st generation Toyota 4runner from the ground up and use it as my summer vehicle/off-roading vehicle. I have built and sold multiple camper vans and other various vehicle projects. I also enjoy woodworking and building things with my hands. There is something about looking at a finished project I have built from scratch that provides me with great joy. Taking something and making it better is my passion, whether that is in my personal interests or professional.