Education: I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Webster University in Saint Louis, MO with a minor in religious studies. I earned my Master's in Counseling Psychology and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL. I completed an APA (American Psychological Association) accredited internship in Tucson, AZ and ended my training with a post-doc fellowship at the Hazelden Betty Ford Treatment Center in Newberg, OR near Portland.
Clinical Experience: I began my work in Chicago, IL. During my first year of clinical studies, I worked with incarcerated adolescent males and learned how crucial it is for us to provide our children with safe, stable, healthy, and compassionate adult authority figures. My second year, I worked in a community behavioral health center that served the LGBTQ community. I leaned in to some deep and necessary conversations, which helped deepen my own identity and expand my knowledge of gender constructs. In my third year, I worked at an outpatient medical facility, conducting family therapy with a variety of different family types. I learned how to help support these families through creating effective communication and healthy relationship skills. Then, I moved to Tucson, AZ where I worked in a residential treatment center helping those affected by substance use, anxiety, depression, and trauma. After completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology I moved to Portland, OR where I continued working within residential addiction treatment. I now work in private practice in Phoenix, AZ specializing in treating men's issues, concerns related to the LGBTQ community, relationship problems, symptoms of trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and post-treatment and continuing care for people with substance use and addictions.
Dissertation: "A qualitative exploration of the experiences of the LGB clients who successfully completed a 16-week psychoeducational residential substance abuse program."