• M.A. in Counseling

    Ottawa University (Phoenix, AZ)

    1998

  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Professional Counseling

    Ottawa University (Phoenix, AZ)

    1998

  • Registered Hypnotist

    Atwood Institute for Research and Education

    1996

  • M.A. in Community Service/Administration with an Emphasis in Adult Education

    Regis University (Denver, CO)

    1995

  • Arizona Licensed Counselor
  • Private Practice at Family PsychAssociates, 1998-present.
  • Member of American Counseling Assocation
  • Associate member of the Arizona Psychological Association
  • Member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
  • Former BOD member for Blessings Resale - organization which provided assistance to women in crisis
  • Content provider for Not My Kid, Inc., a not-for-profit internet-based counseling tool for parents, healthcare, and education professionals
  • 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools
  • Nine years experience as Behavior/Education Specialist, Madison School District

I firmly believe that the cornerstone of therapeutic success is to build a trusting and collaborative relationship with my clients. I believe in creating and maintaining a safe and supportive environment in which my clients have the opportunity to explore their experiences, develop self-awareness and insight, recognize and develop strengths, and use these strengths toward improving their lives. My treatment approach is creative and flexible. I tailor my approach to each client's unique needs.

I am one of a group of independent behavioral health professionals dedicated to helping our clients find the best 'fit' into their life situation. Sometimes, children don't feel like they fit in with their peers or their families. Sometimes adults feel out of sync with their own bodies, or have a hard time feeling like things fit together at work or with their relationships. When we have a sense of 'mis-ft', nothing seems in balance.

My colleagues and I at Family PsychAssociates do our best to offer a wide range of services and expertise to the public. In addition to general practice offering child and family therapy, I specialize in 'play therapy' for helping children get in touch with their feelings; in hypnosis as a tool for facilitating life change; and in transgender issues.