I received my Masters of Counseling and PhD in Counselor Education at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. I have worked previously as a Teaching Assistant at Idaho State University, for faculty at Messiah College, and as Adjunct Faculty at Idaho State University.
I first became interested in the field of counseling when I started work with children and adolescents in outdoor therapeutic settings. My diverse background includes: starting a Forest Schools program with at-risk children in the woodlands of England, leading wilderness therapy groups in the deserts of Idaho, and caring for teens in an adolescent shelter home. Most recently, my clinical passion has been with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, LGBTQ youth and young adults, and refugee children and their families. I am EMDR trained and hold additional certification in traumatology.
My areas of scholarly interest include Q methodology and mixed methods, trauma competency in counselors, trauma recovery, and integrating neurobiology into the field of counseling and counselor education. My dissertation focused on counselor educators' perspectives on teaching trauma in counselor education. I am also fortunate to be the founding secretary of the Idaho division of ALGBTIC.
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Clinical Mental Health Treatment Through the Lifespan Counseling Child/Adolescent Development and Treatment Counselor Education Crisis and Trauma, Violence and Counselor Training Experiential Learning Mental Health Counselor Development Supervision Diversity Multicultural Training Marriage & Family Foster Care Neuropsychology/Neuroscience Applied Neuroscience PTSD/Trauma Complex Trauma
- Education History
Degree Institution Year BS Biology Linfield College, McMinnville, OR 2003 M. Coun. Idaho State University, Meridian, ID 2014 PhD Counselor Education and Counseling Idaho State University, Meridian, ID 2017
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member American Counseling Association Member Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Member American Mental Health Counselors Association Member Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling Founding Secretary Idaho Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling Member International Association of Trauma Professionals
Licensed Professional Counselor, Idaho National Certified Counselor, US EMDR Certified, USA