I am a clinical psychologist licensed by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners and the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. I am also credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
I received my Bachelor of Science from Andrews University, where I studied nursing and psychology. I received my Master of Arts and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago with a concentration in client-centered therapy (Carl Rogers).
I completed my internship in Louisville, Kentucky at a psychoanalytic private practice and a preparatory school for at-risk boys (pre-K through 7th grade). I completed my fellowship at Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where I received advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and OCD.
I have been working in the health services field since 1994. My first experience was providing direct care services to individuals with developmental disabilities in residential group homes and later providing hospice services to terminally ill patients and their families. As a psychologist, I have provided services to individuals in various settings: Community counseling centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and a maximum-security prison.
I practice as a generalist, meaning I treat a broad range of psychological symptoms. I also have specialized training and experience in the treatment of addiction, trauma, OCD, and personality disorders, as well as advanced training and experience in group psychotherapy and psychological testing and assessment.
The foundation of my work is built on both client-centered and psychodynamic theory/practice, which place significant value on the underlying potential of the individual as well as the importance of the therapeutic relationship. These approaches are exploratory in nature and focus on how the past and present interact to inform current patterns of thinking, feeling, behaving and relating. I hold to a strong belief that each of my patients are unique and that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to the problems each of us experience. I also integrate more directive, educational approaches into my work when indicated (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, coping skills training, etc.).
In addition to my clinical practice, I actively engage with elected officials and government agencies to advocate for practical public policy. These efforts typically focus on identifying overly burdensome regulations that impact issues related to professional licensure, education/training, and increasing access to mental health services.