Interim Co-Director, Associate Director/Director of Clinical Services
2013 – Ball State University, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
As a therapist, my practice is integrative and strengths-based, including elements of interpersonal process, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral theories within a sociocultural and feminist therapy framework. I often integrate mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions into my work, and especially value a collaborative approach to therapy and clients’ holistic wellness. I am also trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) treatment for PTSD.
My clinical interests include eating disorders, body image, size diversity and weight stigma, and I have a passion for promoting body positivity, body neutrality, and body respect. My research background focused on experiences of body size/weight-related bias and oppression, which informs my work with individuals across the body size continuum. I enjoy supporting and helping the individuals I work with as they explore their relationships with their bodies, health, weight, eating, and physical movement.
Other professional interests include: concerns that commonly impact women, working with survivors of sexual assault, and issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. I also love to work with students with relationship and family concerns, sexuality concerns or desire to explore one’s sexuality, perfectionism, and concerns related to identity development.
My personal and professional values align with a prioritization of social justice and inclusion. Broadly, I have a strong interest in how privilege and oppression influence experiences, the complexities of intersecting identities, and sociopolitical forces in our lives. In addition to my specific interests in body size diversity and working with woman-identified individuals, I also enjoy supporting clients who identify as queer, trans, or wish to explore these aspects of their identities. One of the most meaningful aspects for me of being a therapist is supporting students who are exploring who they are - including race, ethnicity, social class, religion/spirituality, and other aspects of their identities. I also especially enjoy working with graduate students, nontraditionally-aged college students, and students who are parents.
I am enthusiastic about the power of outreach programming and prevention efforts to strengthen wellness and reduce stigma within our community. I am interested in the power of play across the lifespan, as a way to improve mental health and build connections within and across communities. I also enjoy providing education and discussion regarding myths about health/fitness and weight, and reducing eating disorder risk and weight bias/bullying.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association: Division 17 – Society of Counseling Psychology, as well as the Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS).