Meet the Counselors
I am a graduate student at Northwest Nazarene University working towards my MSc in Counseling: Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling with an emphasis in Trauma, Grief, and Crisis. I have a particular interest in sex therapy and plan to become a certified sex therapist after graduation. I have been seeing clients for a year now and in that time have worked with couples, individuals, polyamorous relationships, trans folk, LGBTQ+ folk, and people of color. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, anger issues, PTSD, relationship distress, and more. I typically work with people over the age of 14. I have been working in the mental health community in Idaho for the last 6 years.
My approach to counseling is that it is a journey we take together. We’ll explore your story, what you want your future to look like, and how to be your most authentic self. I also like to explore different parts of who we are. Oftentimes people think, “A part of me wants to this but another part wants that.” I want to help you understand what roles those parts serve for you and how they impact your life. The most vital part of counseling is the counseling relationship. I strive to hold a space where we can all be ourselves and let our personalities shine.
In my personal time, I enjoy reading, video games, horror movies, and hanging out with my cat Celestial Beast. I can occasionally be spotted out in nature enjoying hot springs and relaxing.
I am passionate about helping clients discover, develop, and mobilize their strengths to help them work through challenges and overcome their struggles. I am currently finishing up my coursework with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling, and a specialty in trauma. I am eager to help couples and families learn to increase insight, develop skills, and create strategies to overcome challenges. I especially enjoy working with adolescents and helping them navigate the challenges and emotions that come with the teen years.
I understand life can be challenging at times and can feel overwhelming, uncertain, hopeless, and lonely. In counseling, I would join you, wherever you are on your journey, and walk with you until you feel confident and comfortable moving forward on your own.
I am committed to providing an environment where all can feel safe, accepted, and valued.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University – Idaho and am currently pursuing a master’s degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling with an emphasis in grief, trauma, and crisis. I enjoy working with couples, families, and individuals.
It is common for individuals, couples, and families to experience trauma, life stressors, and circumstances outside their control throughout life. Such times can leave individuals feeling overwhelmed and disconnected from themselves and others. My passion is meeting individuals where they are and helping facilitate healing, connection, strength, and balance. We are relational beings, wired for connection. Healthy relationships begin with healthy individuals. I am committed to assisting clients with self-connection and nurturing healthy relationships with others.
My educational background includes a BS in Exercise Science, with a minor in Health Science from Brigham Young University-Idaho. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Counseling – Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University, with an emphasis on Grief and Trauma. I am dedicated to additional learning, training, and certifications to best help my clients. Currently, I have completed the EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) Externship.
Counseling is a collaborative process that can be utilized for many different problems and at any stage of life. I view counseling as a journey that the client and counselor walk through together. It is a process where the client guides and I as the counselor aid with goals in order to recognize the progress that is made.
I received my bachelor's in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from NNU in 2017. I am currently a graduate School Counseling student at NNU, with an emphasis on Grief and Trauma. I am also pursuing my license in school counseling, as I enjoy working with kids and teens in family or individual settings.
In session, we will come together in a nonjudgmental, open-hearted, and minded environment where we can explore together what is going on in your life, and help you move toward the life you want to live.
In life, we all encounter challenges that can feel painful, overwhelming, and sometimes even hopeless. Together let’s create a safe place. You will be met with warmth, empathy, and compassion throughout the course of our work together to help navigate the obstacles in your life. With a customized collaborative approach that is geared towards your unique needs, we can explore your concerns, establish goals, and discover your strengths. I believe people can grow, change, heal, and recover to be their best possible selves.
People encounter all types of struggles and obstacles as they navigate through life. Life’s challenges can sometimes cause us to feel stuck or lost. My belief is the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of counseling. My approach includes creating a supportive environment based on unconditional acceptance, genuineness, and empathy in which to explore life’s trials. I am passionate about journeying alongside individuals as they uncover beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors which are no longer serving them and move toward the life they desire.
My education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boise State University. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University with an emphasis on trauma and addiction.