My belief is that if we stay in the moment, work on ourselves, and stay positive anything is possible. Through my own experiences with therapy, I have found this statement to be true. There are many skills that we can learn within therapy. I lean towards the humanistic and client-centered theories. In therapy there are many discoveries, and this allows us to find the beauty within ourselves.
I am originally from Utah County and I and my children moved to St George in the year of 2001. I have been married to my current husband for 19 years and we have three beautiful children, one girl and two boys. We also have seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. I have two Shih Tzu’s puppies. I can honestly say that I love them as much as my children and grandchildren. The things that I love the most though is spending quality time with my family and serving others as a therapist. Weird to say but I have known since I was a small child, I was meant to help others discover who they really are. I love people and I love watching them make a better life for themselves.
Personally, in my spare time I love to paint with all different mediums, draw, and travel all over the world. In my undergrad I was also fortunate enough to travel to Rome, Italy in 2018 to study abroad and learn the history of Renaissance Art.
I received my undergraduate degree at Dixie State University (DSU) in 2019 and I was lucky enough to receive two bachelor’s degrees. One was in the field of Science of Psychology and the other one is in Fine Arts with the emphasis in Painting and Drawing. I also received my ASUDC certificate in 2018 and I am currently licensed with the state of Utah as an Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) in 2022. I recently graduated from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO with my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently working on my clinical hours for licensure at Sunrise Mental Health Services as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
In the past I have had the pleasure of working in substance use disorders in residential treatment centers as well as intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatments. I have also worked at the Fifth District Courts as a case manager here within Washington County. In my undergrad at DSU I served as president and was also involved with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). I was also fortunate enough to become certified to teach NAMI’s Family to Family courses. In my undergrad at DSU I also worked in the Women’s resource as the Assistant Director. In my Master’s program I was able to be trained within EMDR therapy and receive my certification.
One of my favorite quotes is:
“The key to happiness is believing in yourself, if you believe in others like you believe in yourself anything is possible”.