My theoretical orientation is mostly an integration of humanistic, existential, feminist and multicultural, developmental, and cognitive-behavioral. However, I do not limit myself to these theories only, preferring to tailor an intervention based on the needs of the client. I also recognize the relationship as a key catalyst for the change process, and almost always discuss the client's culture and worldview. I am especially interested in working with, and empowering clients who have a multiple minority status. Further, I have done in depth work with LDS (Mormon) clients and continue to have an interest in working with clients who may have conflicts between their religion and their personal worldview.
With regard to supervision, I use a developmental approach, again tailoring the process to the needs and level of the supervisee. I strive to create a safe, nonjudgmental space where the supervisee can discuss all pertinent issues. Also, cultural issues are given a priority, especially in how it may be affecting the formation of relationships with clients, peers, and supervisors.
While at Utah State University, I was a member of the American Indian Support Project, one of the earliest programs in the country designed to increase American Indian enrollment in graduate psychology courses. Upon completion of my PhD, I worked for two years at a nonprofit organization in Montana focused on counseling children and their families. I joined CAPS in August of 2006.
In my personal time I like to play, especially with my family. I enjoy reading science fiction/fantasy novels and think the original Star Wars trilogy were the greatest movies ever made.
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