pre-doctoral intern in school psychology
supervised by michael leach, phd
secondary supervisor kelleigh head, psyd
I believe that healing is a sacred process by which we are given the privilege of meeting our truest selves. My own journey has been filled with many bumps and bruises It’s been a process that has brought me to the sweet spot of revealing and becoming all rolled into one messy space. It has been an adventure that I feel incredibly privileged to have embarked upon and one that I believe every person is entitled to.
Self-exploration is, in my opinion, one of the highest gifts we can give ourselves. Therefore, it is impossible to say that one size fits all. Within that vein, my work is firmly rooted in the belief that to know thyself is to know freedom. It’s also sprinkled with the belief that every person has a unique set of strengths, stories, and capabilities that we work to weave together and make meaning of in our time together.
My professional experiences have brought me everywhere from working in several school districts supporting students through counseling, consultation, behavioral intervention, and psychological assessment to community-based mental health where I worked in an experiential group that provided counseling to adolescents and their families. In addition, I’ve also had experience working in hospital settings providing neuropsychological assessments, as well as in higher education settings.
As a result of my training and various work experiences, I have a special interest in supporting families in navigating the school systems. I understand that the school systems can be confusing and intimidating, but I believe they don’t have to be. Often times I have found schools to be my clients’ strongest allies once we are aligned on the same team. With support and guidance within this process, families can feel empowered while collaborating with schools and advocating for their child. I have found this type of open communication and empowerment to greatly bolster therapeutic work. This process is rooted in the foundation that every child is one safe relationship away from a different ending.
I also have an interest in supporting children, adolescents, families, and adults in navigating the complexities that trauma can bring into our lives. Some of the issues I support adolescents through include depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, difficulty getting along with parents, managing school stressors, self-esteem issues, transitional challenges, and trauma. I have also supported families through issues including effective communication, transitional challenges, and trauma.