Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling candidate, Adams State University
FLC holds a special place in my heart because it is here that I unearthed and cultivated my passion for connecting with others. Before my time at FLC, I struggled to understand myself and could not relate deeply to a specific field of study. I knew that I needed a change in my but had no idea where to begin. A spur-of-the-moment decision to jump into the realm of psychology sparked my journey. I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado with access to an array of animals including horses, cows, cats, and dogs. I graduated from FLC in 2019 with my senior focus in Terror Management Theory. I am a first-year intern at FLC Counseling Center and in my second year at Adam State University for Clinical Mental Health.
The resiliency within every individual inspires me to walk with people towards their path to growth and healing. My studies and experiences have steered me towards person-centered and existential approaches to therapy because of the immense growth that can come from exploring life themes and stories. I value understanding where people are currently at, how their past influences them, and what they hope for the future. I am also drawn to Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialect Behavioral Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Universal access and de-stigmatization of mental health services are large goals of mine. Environments, systemic barriers, and stigmas can have an immense impact on the mental health of individuals and historically marginalized groups. I hope to work towards this goal through my training and continue action upon becoming a counselor.
Aside from my passion for connection and mental health, I greatly enjoy the outdoors and expressing my creativity. I love mountain biking (even though it terrifies me at times), hiking, skiing, fly fishing, dirt biking, and taking in the beautiful nature that surrounds Durango. Art, yoga, and journaling help me with self-expression and work to ground me. I am delighted to embark on this journey and build meaningful connections with people along the way.