Clinical Services

I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Utah (#9517430-2501). My Ph.D. training as a counseling psychologist affords me flexibility to support a variety of life concerns, and at the root of my work is the belief that relationships are capable of healing. In this way, I aim to build strong alliances with those whom I serve in order to best meet client directed goals and foster sustained change. As a psychologist, I adhere to evidence-based practices in psychology, and research evidence strongly supports the importance of building a strong therapeutic alliance (Duncan, Miller, Wampold, & Hubble, 2010). In fact, there is evidence that the therapeutic relationship formed between a client and a therapist is more important than any specific technique in which a therapist might specialize (Wampold, 2015). Because of this, clients can expect their experiences of me to be as authentic as how my own friends and colleagues would experience me. The following evidence-based principles guide my work with clients:

  • Develop a strong therapeutic alliance with clients to foster a meaningful connection

  • Understand the context of my client's lives, including cultural considerations and social identities

  • Provide clients with unconditional acceptance rather than judgment

  • Co-create personalized goals with clients to guide the therapeutic process

  • Offer unconditional support and listening to clients

  • Help clients find their own sustainable solutions rather than prescribing solutions myself

 

I value that everyone has a unique lens through which they see the world, and I strive to see the world as my clients do to provide a high level of care. To do so, I actively learn about relevant cultural factors and social identities of my clients (such as race, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, age, etc.), and forms of societal oppression that clients experience (such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, etc.). I also explore how these experiences may interact with my own identities and areas of privilege in order to best serve my clients.

Areas of Treatment

My extensive training provides me with experience to support a variety of concerns. My primary approach to treatment is based on feminist-multicultural, interpersonal process, and humanistic principles. I have particular expertise in providing LGBT-affirming therapy, as well as attending to men's issues, topics of identity and oppression, as well as supporting clients with relationship and interpersonal style concerns. The following are examples of some of the common topics I have addressed with past clients:

  • Anxiety

  • Career Dissatisfaction

  • Depression

  • Divorce

  • Eating Disorders

  • Emotional Expression

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • LGBT Topics

  • Life Transitions

  • Men's Issues

  • Peer Relationships

  • Polyamory/ Consensual Non-Monogomy

  • Pornography Use

  • Racial Issues

  • Relationship Issues

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Sexual Concerns

  • Spirituality

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Transgender Topics

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Weight Loss

  • Women's Issues

What to Expect

Therapy sessions last 45-50 minutes and you can expect a professional and comfortable environment in which we focus on addressing your needs. Our first meeting will be slightly more structured so that I can ask questions to better understand who you are and what type of help you want. I initially encourage clients to attend weekly sessions so that we can develop a strong therapeutic alliance, and over time clients attend therapy at different frequencies. I provide both individual therapy and couples therapy.

I do not accept insurance for payment because many insurance companies require the use of diagnosis. Although I am trained to use diagnosis (and do so when necessary), I prefer to not pathologize many of the common life-experiences that individuals have, and believe clients are better served when they are not assigned diagnoses due to the demands of insurance. However, should you wish to seek reimbursement for session using out-of-network benefits, I will promptly provide any needed documentation. The cost per session is $130 and I offer a limited number services on a sliding scale when documentation of household income is provided. Payment is requested at the time of service using cash, check, or a credit card (all major cards accepted).

Please call me at 385-313-0947 or e-mail me with questions, and I will be happy to consult with you.

 
 
 
 

Westminster College: 1840 South 1300 East, Foster Hall 103, Salt Lake City, UT, 84105