Originally from the Boise, Idaho area, I have always enjoyed working with children and families and has been able to make this passion a career. I value helping others know they are not alone and see the other side of their struggles. My career began working with children and adolescents with developmental delays, then adapted into helping families and individuals learn daily skills to increase quality of life and learn to effectively communicate with others. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 followed by completing Idaho State University’s Counseling Program in 2014 and graduating with a Master of Mental Health Counseling.
My primary theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. However I also utilize theories such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Adlerian Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the use of books, Art Therapy, sand Tray Therapy, Play therapy and attachment therapy. I hold certifications in Accelerated Resolution Therapy(ART), Safe and Sound Protocol(SSP), Clinical telemental health professional(CCTHP), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional(CCTP), Animal Assisted Intervention(AAI) and am now a registered supervisor for those seeking licensure both LPC and Clinical as well as provide professional consultations.
I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, children, families and couples. I have extensive experience working with child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse and a variety of other trauma, as well as attachment issues such as Reactive Attachment Disorder. In the past I have worked with families in the court system providing reunification therapy to help families reunite healthily and effectively. I am a supervised visitation facilitator and work collaboratively with the court as well. I have knowledge and experience working with children and families struggling with sibling and parent conflict issues. Anxiety disorders, depression disorders, PTSD, Bi-Polar, Domestic Violence, Relationship issues, self-esteem and identity issues are also areas of expertise. I am also certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and uses this regularly. I have recently began working and learning about animal assisted therapy and its benefits. I currently have a therapy dog named "Nala" and a Bearded Dragon named "Kaida" where bring enjoyment, entertainment and a new spice to the therapeutic environment. I will be endeavoring on an adventure to attend Nancy Thomas's Camp, Healing Hearts this coming May 2022 to increase my knowledge of attachment therapy.
Originally from Heyburn, Idaho, Nala is an F1B Irish Doodle meaning she is a hybrid between an Irish Setter and a Poodle (75% Poodle and 25% Irish Setter). Her name means "gift, queen, successful lady, and lion," all of which describe her beautifully. Due to her breeding Nala will not shed and is considered hypoallergenic due to her hair quality. Nala is sweet, has an amazing personality, temperament and is working toward her therapy dog certification. She loves to play with her pig and squeaky ball. Nala also enjoys pets, snuggles and LOTS of attention. Nala has completed the majority of her training but does often require a gentle reminder to mind her manners. She is registered as a Service Dog through the US Service Animal Registry and is now a Registered Therapy Pet through Pet Partners. Nala takes requests to make appearances all over town and facilities to bring enjoyment and comfort to those she visits. Nala has learned many cool tricks that I'm sure she would be happy to show you if you would like. She is regularly utilized by her handler, Tandice Peterson, LCPC in therapy sessions to aid in helping individuals feel calm, safe and grounded during sessions. Nala does amazing work in helping others feel grounded as well as recognizing emotions of others or situations. She will communicate these signals to the individuals in the room through a variety of signs. I work regularly at reading her behaviors in order to increase effectiveness of therapy. One of her favorite uses for her skills is working in attachment and bonding as well as a variety of other diagnoses and concerns. Nala brings a level of entertainment to session that does not compare!
Originally from Caldwell, Idaho, Kaida is a Bearded Dragon. Due to her breed Kaida is considered hypoallergenic. Her name means "Little Dragon" which is absolutely fitting. Kaida is such a sweetheart and cuddle bug and she will not breathe fire! Bearded Dragons are known for their calm and relaxing demeanors which makes them excellent in a therapy setting. Now she recognizes that she is a reptile and many may be skittish of this but she is here to change that! She is regularly utilized by her handler, Tandice Peterson, LCPC in therapy sessions to aid in helping individuals feel calm, safe and grounded during sessions much in the same was as Nala her new best friend. Kaida will communicate her feelings in the outward expression of trying to flee if she feels threatened or unsafe; likewise she will remain calm and sit with you for hours if she feels safe. Kaida is proving to have quite the personality that her handler and counterpart find to be amusing and a beneficial addition to the therapeutic environment!
Originally from Epic Corals in Pocatello, Idaho Sprinkles is a young Leucistic Axolotl. Sprinkles loves to bounce around the aquarium and looks like popcorn jumping! This baby gets extremely excited for meals and enjoys checking out the surroundings in their environment. Sprinkles is not able to be gendered right now as that cannot happen until between 12-18 months old. Him or Her will get to be about 10-18inches long and live 10-15 years. He or She has a very calming and entertaining personality and enjoys rearranging their home. Sprinkles adds a new element to the therapeutic environment and is a great ice breaker!
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