Senior Staff Psychologist
Though I have many clinical interests, I seem to have found a professional "home" in university mental health and have been working with college students for the past 6 years. As a queer-identified female, college counseling's commitment to diversity and multicultural competence is a value closely aligned with my desire to integrate social justice principles into the clinical realm. First and foremost, I identify as a generalist and enjoy working with a wide array of clinical concerns. My areas of focus and specialization include, but are not limited to: working with students from marginalized backgrounds, alcohol and other drug issues, sexual and gender identity, multicultural and identity concerns, family of origin issues, relationship concerns, and perfectionism. I love providing group and couple's therapy and strive to serve as an ally and advocate for my clients.
Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach
I utilize a theoretically-integrative and client-centered approach to therapy via a multicultural lens. This means that I tailor my approach and interventions based on each students’ particular needs, preferences, and identities, while striving to be ever-mindful of the interplay of culture and systemic oppression. I tend to rely heavily on motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and time limited dynamic psychotherapy due to their collaborative nature, as well as their emphasis on fostering self-compassion and self-acceptance, increasing one's own sense of agency, and building healthier relationships. I highly value honesty and directness in therapy and have often been called the "tell it like it is" therapist. That being said, I have also been known to shed a tear or two with my clients and feel that I balance my directness with my warmth, empathy, and humor.
Supervision Approach and Model
It feels like only yesterday that I was a doctoral trainee in my own supervision, navigating the twists and turns of my own personal, clinical, and professional journey. I think that is probably why I consider it such an honor to be a supervisor. I take an integrative and developmental approach to supervision, shifting my role, style, and interventions based on the supervisee's current developmental stage. I strive to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment in which a supervisee can feel free to explore the challenges, joys, and nuances of clinical work, their professional development, and the supervisory relationship itself.