I decided to study psychology after seeing a psychologist changed my own life. I was struggling and unhappy in college. Not sure what else to do, I tried therapy and found the experience to be magical. Therapy freed me from my confusion and emotional load, and I felt as if I was getting a second chance at making the most of my life.
From this experience, I decided to begin my education in psychology and help others through hearing their stories.
- 2014: Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon
- 2010: M.S., Counseling Psychology and Human Services, University of Oregon
- 2001: B.A., Psychology, UC Davis
- 2001: B.S., Biology, UC Davis
Although my education as a psychologist has been broad, I have additional training in the areas of eating disorders and relationship issues.
Eating disorders: I worked for two years as an eating disorders specialist at the University of Oregon, during which I provided integrated care for clients with body image concerns and eating disorders. In this role, I co-facilitated an eating disorders treatment team, ran therapy groups, and provided eating disorder assessments and therapy.
Relationship Issues: My primary training as a psychologist has been interpersonal process therapy, and I work with clients from the perspective that healthy relationships are at the core of mental health. Within this focus, I have taken care to learn about dynamics that can get in the way of intimacy and trust, including miscommunication and misunderstandings, betrayal, and problematic attachment styles. I also have specialized knowledge of how power dynamics affect relationships through my past research and work with women survivors of partner violence.
My other areas of interest
- Career indecision
- Alcohol and other drug use
- Perfectionism and procrastination
- Stress management and sleep issues
- Social anxiety/shyness, generalized anxiety, and panic
- Depression, feeling alone, joyless, self-critical, or struggle with existential questions