At True Self Counseling, we believe that each of us has inherent worth and value. We carry within us the ability to heal, grow, and find true happiness and peace. We begin to struggle when we lose sight of that individual worth and begin to let our actions and beliefs be based more on the world around us than on the voice within us. Our goal is to help our clients strengthen that inner voice and live a life consistent with their authentic selves.
We take a client-centered approach and utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities to connect and communicate with our clients in the way that works best for them. Because children express themselves and their needs through play, we rely heavily on play therapy, art, and sand tray. For older adolescents and adults, we provide traditional talk therapy in addition to more expressive therapies. We are also trained in the latest trauma approaches, including EMDR, CPT, and TF-CBT.
We promote tolerance and inclusivity, and we welcome people from all backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, genders, religions, and abilities.
Life is hard. It just is. At some point, you may have felt like you've lost sight of who you are and what you want. Whether that's due to mental illness, trauma, low self-worth, relationship challenges, or unexpected life changes, sometimes you just need someone to help guide you, and be present with you, through the struggle. I work with children, teens, and young adults, and specialize in working with trauma, life transitions, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety, faith transitions, and LGBTQ+ issues. I believe that each individual has within them the ability to heal, grow, thrive, and become their true selves.
Just as no two people are alike, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. I am trained in a variety of modalities including sand/play/expressive arts therapies, trauma therapies such as EMDR and CPT, and traditional talk therapies such as CBT, DBT, and ACT.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is crucial in the healing process, and I strive to connect with each client and help them feel accepted in a non-judgmental and safe environment. You don’t have to continue to feel that there is no hope, and you don’t have to go through this struggle alone.
I am the mother of four teenagers and have been married for almost twenty years. I am also an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Utah Valley University. In my free time, I love to hike, do yoga, play with my two German Shepherds, and spend time with my family and friends.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working in the social service and mental health fields, including the juvenile court system, work with refugees, and adolescents in foster care and residential treatment. I come from a multi-cultural family with immigrant roots which has enriched my life with knowledge and experience, but also created challenges and struggles. These experiences have contributed to my choice of being a therapist and my ability to empathize in so many situations. My hope for my clients is to find hope, strength and happiness through their pain and struggles.
Have you ever felt ashamed to speak about your family? Ever felt like others don’t understand what your life is like, even if they say they do? That is something I felt most my life and for that I have a soft spot for working with families of addicts, people in recovery, survivors of domestic violence (or any abuse) and minority populations. I believe shame serves no healthy purpose and keeps people from progressing, which is why I am so avid in countering it.
I use a trauma-informed, person-centered approach and my style is eclectic, utilizing a lot of experiential methods (i.e., art, sand tray, cinema, dance), in addition to traditional talk therapy such as CBT, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Attachment-based approaches. I am also trained in the latest trauma modalities, such as EMDR and TF-CBT. I love to laugh and integrate humor in my work. My approach is tailored to the individual, including their needs, personality, and interests. I believe most people are their own heroes, but need some encouragement, additional knowledge and skills, and a support to walk with them through the dark.
I am the mom of three teenage boys. In addition to working as a therapist and advocate, I have been a group fitness instructor for 10 years. I love volunteer work and in 2010 I founded a volunteer outreach program for adolescent girls called Motiv8. I also teach educational workshops to refugee communities.
I believe that you carry the wisdom you need to direct your own life. Therapy can shed light on what has been hidden from view and help you tap into your inner knowing. I honor your individual path and trust your knowing. I also believe that healing is a natural process that occurs under the right circumstances. My hope is to co-create that environment with each client to facilitate healing and growth.
My training is primarily in working with young children. I also have experience working with teens and adults, including trauma survivors, members of the LGBTQ+ population, those going through faith transitions, and individuals seeking to find their authentic voice. I draw from a variety of modalities including CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Commitment and Acceptance Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, play-based therapies, and Trauma-Focused CBT. Mindfulness and meditation have been important tools in my own journey and I would be happy to share more about them with you.
When I’m not working I enjoy traveling, reading, eating delicious food, hiking, and skiing. I am the proud dog mom of a 14-year-old chihuahua.
Our emotions and experiences are unique and complex, and at times, can make us feel overwhelmed and lonely. Do you ever feel alone in your experience, or feel like a stranger in your own head? You are not alone, and there is a way to lessen the emotional pain you may be feeling, and grow through the process.
I believe therapy is a place to uncover and celebrate your true, authentic self. My goal is to create a space where you feel heard, validated, and safe to express and process the hardest parts of life, along with the victories and positives of your unique experience. I believe in identifying and utilizing my client’s strengths to overcome their struggles, feel empowered, and create deeper connection and peace in their life. No one needs to go at it alone. We all have the capacity to make positive change and find peace.
I work with children, teens, and adults and have experience working with grief and loss, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, low self-esteem and body image issues. I have experience working with a variety of approaches such as CBT, ACT, DBT, Person-Centered, and Trauma-Informed therapy.