My Approach to Helping
My goal is to maximize benefits, including a decrease in symptoms of distress, increased self-awareness, adaptive coping skills, more advanced emotional regulation, and an improvement in communication and interpersonal relationships. I employ an integrated approach to counseling, drawing from both psychodynamic and behavioral forms of therapy. This allows me to tailor services to each individual client. My work is grounded in relational practice meaning the relationship between the client and me serves as the instrument for all the work we do in session.
I am passionate about relational youth work, healthy sexuality and relationships with sex, relational skill building, and working with clients to ensure they are thriving. Together, we identify the therapeutic goals and work together to achieve those goals.
I also work closely with families to identify issues in an effort to improve function, communication, and relationships among family members.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I have experience doing group work, family systems work, and individual therapy. I am well-versed in family-of-origin issues, sex and sexuality, addiction and recovery, ADHD, ASD, and mindfulness and meditation.
I have been an instructor in the School of Social Work and Child, Youth, and Family Studies program at PSU for five years teaching sexualities, family studies, research and evaluation, general social work practice, and trauma-informed care. I also run trainings on the impact of addiction on family systems.
As a researcher, I focus on social support network enhancement of young people aging out of foster care. My research is informed by both personal and professional experiences as well as ongoing contact and collaboration with young people. I have worked with youth in a variety of settings including shelters, residential facilities, and community-based case management and counseling.