I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families from all walks of life. My role is to help clients feel cared for, respected, and accepted through establishing an atmosphere of nonjudgment, flexibility, and openness. I'm experienced in working with relational and family difficulties, anxiety, life transitions, and mood disorders.
I utilize an integrative approach to therapy that is enhanced by my own personality and unique experiences. Generally, my approach is attentive, grounded, accepting, and authentic. Bringing my own personality into the therapy room is important for establishing a warm, safe environment for clients to do the same. Therapy with me is a collaborative process, where we find ways to create and sustain the changes necessary to assist with both immediate and long-term fulfillment. I work closely with you to develop the most helpful approach, or a combination of different approaches, to best support your own unique goals. These goals can be accomplished through individual, family, relational, and/or group therapy. I encourage frequent feedback in order to ensure we are both doing our best to achieve those goals and to adjust goals as your needs change over time.
Over the years I have worked extensively with the LGBTQ community and their loved ones around topics of identity development, coming out, and transition-related care. I provide support for individuals and their loved ones surrounding social and medical transition and provide HRT/surgery letters for individuals seeking affirming medical services.
A little more about me
Beliefs and Interests
My practice is firmly rooted in principles of social justice, feminist family therapy, and advocacy. Based on this foundation, I have sought out training in understanding and exploring the challenges, barriers, and discrimination impacting marginalized communities. I have worked with a wide array of clients and identities, including the LGBTQ community, nonmonogamous couples, and those of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. Therapy should be free of shame and judgment and be a safe space for all. I believe that each and every person deserves to be seen, understood, supported, and celebrated for who they are.
I believe that participating in social justice and other community activities is another important aspect of being a therapist. If I want to create change in a client’s life, I need to advocate for positive change within the systems impacting everyday life. I’ve had experience providing interactive, educational trainings for mental health professionals, medical professionals, teachers, and other educators. I’ve also acted as a sponsor for high school Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) groups, and acted as a member of several groups and committees that advocate for the mental health profession and inclusion of LGBTQ folx.
When I'm not involved in any of the above, I enjoy an eclectic mix of interests. I enjoy my downtime at home reading, playing video games, watching anime, cuddling my dog and cat, and occasionally breaking out my crochet hooks for a project or two.
Education, Licenses, and Qualifications
Truman State University, Bachelors in Psychology
Kansas State University, Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy
Idaho- LMFT 7180
Kansas- LCMFT 2813
Missouri- LMFT 2021026434
Kansas - 2019 to present
Idaho - 2019 to present
AAMFT - 2019 to present
Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Counselors
Idaho Counseling Association
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Counseling Association
American Family Therapy Academy 2019
World Professional Association for Transgender Health 2015-2019
Kansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 2015-2017
USD 383 Committee for Inclusion and Diversity 2018-2019
Manhattan High School Gender and Sexuality Alliance Co-Sponsor 2015-2019
USD 383 Guest Speaker/Trainer 2015-2019
Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Counselors, President 2019-2021
Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Counselors, Past President 2021-present