I’m a licensed psychologist specializing in relationship, sexuality, and infertility counseling.  I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2010, and afterward I was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Clinical and Support Options, a community mental health center and network of clinics in the serene Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.  My dissertation research focused on suicide prevention within marginalized groups and grief work for family of those who passed away. My emphasis in study and clinical work is centered in infertility counseling, pregnancy and postpartum support, and relationship counseling.  I want to provide resources, reflection, and hope for people going through a diversity of life issues, from:

infertility
depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum
pregnancy/child loss
coping with trauma
depression
finding meaning
faith transitions
recovering from spiritually abusive families/communities
career/individual/family balancing
sexual concerns
transition to parenthood
healing relationships    

I’m a frequent guest on podcasts, and have written articles and book chapters on the subjects of infertility, mourning, faith transitions, and egalitarian relationships, currently on university course syllabi. I’m currently finishing my book on infertility and child loss for LDS women.

I’ve lived and worked in Utah, New York City, the Navajo Reservation, Texas, Massachussetts, Brazil, and currently Georgia.  I speak fluent Mormon, but am competent in most religious backgrounds as well as agnosticism/atheism (Ph.D. coursework focused in understanding Spirituality and Psychotherapy).    I serve on the Mormon Mental Health Association Board which provides training in cultural competence for both Mormon and non-Mormon professionals who work with LDS and formerly-LDS patients

My style of counseling is to listen compassionately to understand your situation clearly, help you set realistic goals, and then support you as you take steps to move you toward the results you desire.   Diagnosed with infertility myself, I have gone through multiple rounds of treatment and IVF, so I can empathize with the unique pain that individuals and couples going through a fertility crisis experience.   

Education

  • 2004-06       Predoctoral Practicum counseling at Brigham Young University’s Counseling Center
  • 2007-2008  Predoctoral Clerkship counseling at the City University of New York, Bronx
  • 2009-10      Predoctoral Residency, 4M Youth Services (training in sexual addiction counseling)
  • 2010          Graduated with Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from BYU
  • 2010-2011  Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical and Support Options, Western Massachussetts, training in In-Home Child Behavioral Assessment and Neurological Assessment