Sitting with a client is a humbling and rewarding experience. I continually feel honored to support others through difficulties, witness their resilience and growth, and celebrate their successes. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship serves as the foundation to grow. This relationship begins with developing safety and trust by creating a warm, affirming, and non-judgmental space. I view the client as the expert in their experience, and my role is to walk alongside them while empowering them in their change process.
My clinical work is collaborative, integrative, and flexible. This allows me to meet a client where they are and adjust my approach or interventions based on client needs. I also work to balance interpersonal processes, insight-building, and skill development. My style is rooted in being client-centered, exploring the relationship between thought, emotion, and behavioral processes, acceptance and commitment, value driven behavior, and multicultural humility.
I strongly value showing up as myself and encourage the clients I have the privilege to work with to do so as well. I aim to model this by allowing my personality, including authenticity, genuineness, groundedness, and humor, into my clinical work. When clients share space with me, I hope they feel as though they can take a breath, pause, and be present.
Clinical Areas of Interest
I consider myself a generalist and work with various presenting concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment). I am most passionate about and specialize in providing mental health and performance strategies for athletes at the collegiate and youth levels. I am particularly interested in helping athletes gain insight and develop coping strategies to optimize their performance in and out of their sport.
I am a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Iowa. I am also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) and am in the Registry of Approved Mentors through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).
I earned an MA in Sport Psychology (2017) and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology (2019) from John F. Kennedy University. I completed a doctoral internship at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2019. I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship (2020) at low State University Student Counseling Services (SCS). After completing my post-doctoral fellowship at SCS, I was hired as a Staff Psychologist and have remained at SCS full-time. At SCS, my job revolves heavily around student-athlete mental health as the Sport Psychology Coordinator and the management and advancement of the SCS training program.
Outside work, I enjoy exploring new biking trails, spending time with friends, and watching or playing sports. When I'm at home, I enjoy coloring and reading. My favorite part of being home is settling on the couch or the deck with my partner and dogs, enjoying a movie, a game, or the fresh air.
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