I’ve known since I was young that I wanted to help people and I looked for different ways of doing that….I held “school” in a tent in my backyard for the neighborhood kids during the summers, I worked as a counselor at overnight camps as I got older, and I was a Resident Assistant in college….which is where I found psychology. I had considered teaching and medicine, but it was in my first psychology class that I knew I had found my calling and I was hooked!
I majored in Psychology as an undergraduate (BS, 1985), got a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology, thinking at the time I wanted to be a university professor (MS, 1987) and finally chose Counseling Psychology for my doctoral program (PhD, 1994).
In my doctoral program I was able to work with people in a way that felt authentic and meaningful to me—as a psychologist-in-training. I worked with college students with a wide range of issues and specialized in helping families that had experienced sexual abuse. I also developed expertise in working with individuals in severe emotional crisis through a part-time job at the local community mental health center.
Over the last 25 years I’ve chosen to work primarily with college students in university counseling centers. I’ve had the privilege of moving around the country for advancement through the administrative ranks, including opportunities to teach, train and supervise graduate students and interns. But lately I’ve realized that being an administrator has taken me away from working with clients to do the in-depth transformative work of therapy that I truly love.
So I left my university work and have embarked upon the next phase of my journey into private practice. I am excited to be able to work with clients in more meaningful ways in this new venture.
I look forward to hearing about your journey; I hope you’ll join me.