“I loved working with individuals different than myself”
After four years of graduate studies, I completed a year-long internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center. I loved the diversity of the city and the experiences of working with individuals different than myself. I have come to understand that every therapy session and every evaluation is colored by the unique experiences that the client, as well as the therapist, brings into the room.
During my time in Miami, I received additional training and experience with projective testing, including the Rorschach Test. This type of testing allows me to enrich my view of a client’s mental health, especially with regards to how they perceive and interact with their environment. I came to understand how clinical decisions about less common psychiatric conditions (e.g., bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders) could be informed by integrating this data.
After graduating with a PhD in Clinical Psychology, I was invited to rejoin the BYU University Accessibility Center. I worked to support thousands of students with mental health disorders in their academic experience and conducted hundreds of evaluations for ADHD and learning disorders. I soon started a small private practice and began working with children, adolescents, and adults in the community who were in need of psychological testing. Towards the end of my five-year work experience at BYU, I supervised the psychological testing program and helped to guide interns in their assessment work.
“No psychologist is an island”
As my private client load grew, I jumped into full-time private practice. Although I am now on my own, I have recognized that no psychologist is an island. I joined Bristol Health Associates in Orem, Utah and have thoroughly enjoyed bringing my independent practice into such a devoted group of providers and support staff. I have also recognized that my clients benefit as I network with other mental health providers in the area. I have tried to remain accessible and helpful to my clients, even when it means volunteering my time to share options of treatment resources outside of my practice.
I have also recognized the benefit of increasing my knowledge as I traverse the complex landscape that is psychology. In 2020, I completed a 30-month supervision experience for Autism Spectrum Disorder (and other related conditions) with Dr. Julien Smith, a neuropsychologist and Director of Wasatch Pediatric Neuropsychology. I have also completed a 3-year experience conducting disability evaluations (for the determination of Social Security benefits) under the direction of Dr. Alina Fong, a neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of Cognitive FX.