Hello! I'm glad you made it to my website. I'd like to tell you a little about my education, training, clinical experience, and counseling style so you can see for yourself if I would be a good fit for your therapy needs.
In 2014, I graduated with my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Prior to that, I obtained my Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. (As a California native, I sure am happy to be back on the west coast!)
While I work with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of concerns, I specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals and their families. My approach is client-centered, and I enjoy working with clients in all areas of gender identity/exploration as well as sexuality. My dissertation research examined interventions aimed at improving school climate for LGBTQ high school students. And, apparently the research impressed my committee so much they passed me with honors (I'm blushing). Although I was proud of such an accomplishment, I am more focused on creating a warm and affirming space for clients to experience personal growth.
In addition to working with LGBTQIA+ clients, I also have two years of experience working at the Topeka VA with Veterans who have PTSD. I received extensive training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals who have experienced combat or sexual trauma. I believe everyday life activities can be significantly impacted by traumatic experiences, and I have seen clients make amazing changes in their life after CPT.
In the last few years I have learned a lot about the neurodiversity movement, and I now work with many autistic clients. I am indebted to autistic advocates and writers who have shared their internal experiences of being autistic. While I use my clinical knowledge and diagnostic tools to help clients understand their neurotype, I also highly value self-identification. I can support autistic clients as they navigate a sometimes challenging neurotpyical world as well as conduct psychological testing for autism.
On a personal note, I am a neurotypical, able-bodied, cisgender lesbian woman. I am caucasian and benefit from white privilege. I believe in the importance of improving racial justice and I am working to be anti-racist in my practice and life. I am married with two children (who help me remember what is important in life). I enjoy baking cupcakes, putting IKEA furniture together, and looking up Pinterest projects. I hope this information has helped you decide if I would be the right psychologist for you!