"Justice is one of my core values, and it is very important to me to empower, lift, and advocate for others."
What’s it like working with you?
My intention is to connect with others authentically. I do my best to understand others’ perspectives and offer evidence-based psychotherapy methods within the context of a relationship characterized by warmth and acceptance. Using my client’s values as the compass, I walk alongside them for a while and try to uncover the path that takes them to where they want to be. I take an approach of curiosity, humility, and self-awareness in this process. I am continually learning and shaping my understanding of the world and human behavior, as well as my role in this helping profession.
My Healthcare Background
I have worked with adults across the lifespan with diverse backgrounds and identities among both rural and metropolitan areas within culturally distinct U.S. regions of southern California, Utah, and Idaho. I have unique experiences offering clinical care within a variety of settings, including home-based care, residential, inpatient medical and general outpatient mental health. In these varied settings, I have witnessed a range of systemic barriers to quality healthcare and I am continually looking for ways to adapt and meet the specific needs of my clientele. Both my professional and personal experiences have strengthened my passion for supporting individuals through grief, adjustment to chronic illness or change in physical and cognitive functioning, end-of-life, life transitions, religious or spiritual questioning, chronic pain, and caregiver stress.
My Professional Journey
Research & Grant Projects
- Interaction Between Physical Activity and Genes Related to Neurotrophin Signaling in Late-Life Cognitive Performance
- Neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with dementia and the longitudinal costs of informal care
- Nutritional Status and Severe Dementia, Institutionalization, and Mortality
- Alzheimer’s Dementia
- Use of FDA Approved Medications for Alzheimer’s Disease in Mild Dementia is Associated with Reduced Informal Costs of Care
- Sex Differences in Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease Related to Neurotrophin Genes Polymorphisms
- Modeling Assistive Technology Adoption for People with Dementia
- Nutritional status is associated with faster cognitive decline and worse functional impairment in the progression of dementia
- Closer caregiver and care-recipient relationships predict lower informal costs of dementia care