Therapeutic Style: My theoretical approach integrates Empowerment Feminist therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing, drawing from a multicultural framework. My counseling practice stresses that students be actively involved in determining goals and directions for treatment.
Professional Interests: My professional experiences have included working in college mental health, community mental health, residential drug and alcohol treatment and a rape crisis center. My areas of clinical specializations include LGBTQ concerns, including Transgender mental health and providing referrals for medical transition, relationship/sexual violence/trauma, identity development, substance abuse, first-generation college students, Native college students and group therapy. I am committed to social justice work and activism. I am also very passionate about training new professionals and have been actively involved in the supervision of graduate students pursuing careers in mental health.
Group and Liaison Roles: I am the coordinator of the Barnes Center at The Arch group therapy program, a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team and have served as a liaison for the LGBTQ community. I currently co-facilitate both a Graduate and an Undergraduate Process Group.
Educational Background: As a first-generation college student, I received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Nazareth College of Rochester, and a master’s degree, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky. My graduate studies and dissertation concentrated on Queer Theory and sexual and relationship violence within LGBTQ populations. I have published articles on these topics, also exploring the intersectionality of identities and the impact of racial identity development on psychological well-being. Before finishing my degree, I received formal training in college mental health as a practicum student at the University of Kentucky’s counseling center. as well as completing my pre-doctoral internship at Penn State’s counseling and psychological services center.