Alma Mater: University of California, Irvine (BA, 2016); Southern Illinois University (MA, 2018; PhD, 2021)
Professional Interests: Being able to pursue a career that brings joy to my life while working with students in a university setting is something I have much gratitude for. I strive to be a healing presence in the life of others and to truly see people. It is always an honor to know about people’s stories and witness their journey of healing and growth. I identify as an integrative and intersectional humanistic mental health practitioner and value understanding people’s stories through a multicultural perspective. I consider intersectional factors that address interlocking systems of power and privilege that may contribute to experiences of oppression and discrimination. My interventions are primarily emotion-focused and draw from DBT and relational cultural theory. Although much of my training has focused on trauma work and substance use concerns, I also have an interest in working with first-generation, LGBTQ+, and students of color, especially Latinx students. I am also drawn to qualitative research, mentoring, career/college advising, training and supervision work.
Personal Interests: I have a deep appreciation for all forms of art and expression and like to be creative sometimes. Evening walks through nature are one of my favorite things to do, as well as connecting with people through food, music, and humor. I like learning about astronomy and discovering new tea flavors and music artists.
UO Love: The lovely weather, the friendly people, the beautiful campus, all the trees, and the large variety of restaurants to choose from.