My journey into the world of psychology started in my adolescents when I began to wonder how people became who they are. While my life has taken many twists and turns, through it all, my central question remained: How do people become who they are?
While I majored in Psychology as an undergraduate, earning top honors, my life after college included being a nursery school teacher, being a foreman for a landscaping company, and finally working with autism. I became intrigued with measuring progress and seeing the change from beginning of therapy to the end of therapy. That journey led me to become a certified behavior analyst, which I maintained for several years. However, when I went back to grad school for my Psy.D, I could no longer afford the required CEUs and yearly dues, so I let that certification drop.
Throughout my career as a behavior analyst, I felt that there was so much more than just behavior. During my interview for grad school admissions, I was asked why I wanted to go back to school when I had the credentials for a fine career. My answer was this: I feel that behavior is a very small piece of the pie, and I want the rest of the pie.
During grad school, I learned about the rest of the pie and so have chosen to focus on trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, and self-compassion. I spent a lot of time working with children and adolescents in the school districts, both in a self-contained mental health center and integrated into the school system. I've worked with First Responders of 911, and I've worked in the University Anxiety Clinic. After graduation, I worked with couples utilizing Emotion-Focused Therapy.
I am also a registered EMDR practitioner as well as achieving Level 1 training if Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Psychology License Information
- License State: Montana
- License No.: PSY-PSY-LIC-2975
- License State: New Jersey
- License No.: 35SI00596200
||Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University