I chose to become a behavioral health professional because of the profound positive role that counseling has played in my life. Having experienced depression, anxiety, and other difficult life experiences, the help, strength, and support from good counselors gave me the tools to move forward in my life with a stronger sense of confidence and peace within myself. It is my greatest desire to bring that type of help and support to you as you face your life’s struggles. One of my heroes, and concentration camp survivor, Viktor Frankl, said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
I will incorporate several different therapies such as: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, and by working together, we can solve your specific challenges in a safe and comfortable environment. You can feel assured that your concerns, whether individual, or within your relationships, will be met with empathy and compassion.
I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, and have also lived in Utah and Northern Virginia/DC in my adult life, and currently reside in Gilbert, AZ. I received a BS in Geography: Travel and Tourism from Brigham Young University and I’ve been privileged to travel in many places throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. While living and working in Washington D.C., and because of my background in and love for the arts, I pursued and received an MA degree in Arts Management from George Mason University. I have completed my academic coursework for a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and am a member of both the Alpha Chi and Epsilon Honor Societies, having maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my program.
Dr. Ralph G. Nichols, a professor of communication at the University of Minnesota and author of the best-selling book, Are You Listening? Said, “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen.” I want to help you on your journey to better understanding of both you and others. You can be sure that I will always listen.