Embedded Staff Psychologist - Residence Education
Staff Psychologist-UCS, Residence Education
2016 - University of Iowa, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” -Carl R. Rogers
I primarily approach counseling from client-centered, interpersonal, and brief psychodynamic lenses, which means that I place great importance on clients’ relationships with others and themselves. It also means that I seek to provide a therapeutic relationship that serves as a vehicle for new experiences and understandings. Additionally, I approach counseling from a feminist perspective, in that I believe that the counseling relationship is a collaborative one that empowers clients to grow and change using their inherent strengths both during and after counseling has ended. My clinical interests include adjustment to college, interpersonal/relational concerns, anxiety, depression, multicultural concerns, concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity, family dynamics, acculturation, grief and loss, and working with survivors of sexual assault or abuse.
I place tremendous importance on working towards cultural humility and understanding my own privileges. I value the intersectional diversity of all clients and recognize the impact of oppression. I am committed to working towards social justice and equity for clients of every race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious/spiritual identity, and ability status. I have a special interest in working with international students around cross-cultural issues. Much of my clinical training has focused on working with women’s health concerns as well as the impact of masculinities on mental health. My outreach efforts have often focused on assisting students of color, LGB-identified students, and other traditionally marginalized groups.
In addition to the aforementioned interests, I enjoy opportunities to provide outreach programming on stress management and mindfulness, violence prevention, academic success, adjustment concerns, healthy relationships, grief and loss, organizational dynamics, and resiliency.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association with memberships in Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity).