I am delighted at your interest in therapy and excited to share some of my background so that you may make an informed decision as you choose your next mental health provider.
I received my doctorate in March of 2015 from the APA accredited American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University: San Francisco Bay Area. My pre-doctoral internship was completed at the County of Orange Healthcare Center’s Youth Reporting Center, a day treatment facility for school aged probationers. I spent my post-doctoral residency working with adult offenders at Farmington and Potosi Correctional Centers in Missouri. Prior to my work in private practice, I spent two years working at the Center for Mindfulness and CBT and three years at Affinia Healthcare's Children's Developmental Center.
Additionally, I obtained a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Central Missouri and spent two years working as a case manager for a contracted agency with Missouri Children’s Division.
My Clinical Approach:
Since my first paid role as therapist, I have had the opportunity to work across many sectors of society and with people from various socio-cultural backgrounds. Over time, I developed a technique for interpersonal effectiveness which focuses on validation, affirmation, and encouragement (VAE). Effectively engaging in these three behaviors are essential to effective communication as well as self-esteem building. In order to function at their highest potential, individuals must be able to validate, affirm, and encourage themselves as well as others. My integrative approach includes value-based talk therapy, various behavioral therapies, and VAE skills building.
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