My specialty is helping couples achieve satisfying intimacy in their relationships, and helping individuals explore and improve their lives in a active, warm and nonjudgmental environment.
Education and Early Work
I grew up in Utah and received my Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Utah. After completing my undergraduate work, my husband and I moved to Colorado to ski, hike and work in a small Colorado town. I moved to attend The Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. I graduated from Naropa in 1998 with a Masters in Contemplative Psychology with an emphasis on mindfulness training. After graduation I moved back to Salt Lake City and worked at Valley Mental Health for 9 years. While working at Valley I obtained a wide variety of experience especially in the areas of Major Mental Illness and Addictions. I transitioned from Valley Mental Health and began doing contract work with Choice Point Therapeutic Services. Working at Choice Point gave me the opportunity to work with Adolescents and Families that were referred for services from Juvenile Justice Services, (JJS) and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). I began a small private practice and over the years have expanded my Private Practice to full time.
In addition to being a certified Gottman Couples Therapist, I have completed an Externship with Susan Johnson in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Common issues I help couples work through are:
Healing from infidelity
Divorce and remarriage
Healing from addictions
Physical or mental conditions
Same-sex relationship issues
Conflicts about child rearing
Changing roles, such as retirement
I am currently an adjunct professor at Westminster College teaching an undergraduate class in the psychology of addictions, with an emphasis on neuroscience.