My theoretical orientation is integrative, but I have a few theoretical pillars that shape my clinical work, including developmental, social justice, and existential perspectives. I deeply believe in positive psychology and embrace its emphasis on individuals’ strengths, resilience, developing a strong sense of meaning and purpose, and working to increase Happiness (capitalization intended) rather than minimizing suffering. While I believe that gaining insight is often an important aspect of therapy, I also believe that new experiences can bring about significant change in clients. Hence, I work to create experiential learning in therapy by using gestalt, mindfulness, meditation, visualization, and stress management techniques, as well as lots of out-of–therapy homework.
My supervision style parallels my clinical style in that it is developmental, strengths-based, and experiential.I think it is essential to meet a supervisee where they are in their professional development, and work to create a nurturing environment in which they can explore, take risks, and grow.
Hello prospective interns! I've been at OSU since August 2008, and prior to coming here I worked as a counseling center director and assistant dean of students at a private, liberal arts college for 17 years. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, cooking, playing the piano, beachcombing, and taking long walks.
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