“When asked “Do you really think you can do any good?” by a frustrated family member I answered “ Yes!”
I am prepared to convey understanding and validation of his/her personal struggles and offer hope.
I am committed to exploring the underlying issues that impact a client’s overall functioning and help him/her to develop insight and meaningful tools to manage the identified challenges.
Most of all I have optimism that, through sensitive clinical support and motivation, clients will experience personal growth and actively engage in healthier habits that improve their lives.”
Depression and Anxiety
Drug and alcohol addiction
Grief and Loss
Chronic Health Conditions
Alcohol and Drug Assessments
Employment Issues & Career Counseling
Aging and Life Transitions
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) State of Utah, Master of Social Work University of Utah, Master of Business Administration Westminster College, CHRISTUS Health Senior Academy
- Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar and Personality Disorders
- Child and Sexual Abuse Team
- Crisis Intervention
- Newborn Intensive Care
- Pediatric Oncology
- Children with Special Health Needs clinics
- Inpatient Psychiatry – Mental Illness
- Addiction Disorders
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Chronic Pain, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Life-Limiting Health Conditions, Trauma, End-of-Life Counseling, Grief and Loss
- Bioethics Committee, PCMC, CHRISTUS, St. Joseph Villa
- Advance Directives committee, Utah DOH
- Development of Third Party Billing Policy, Vermont DOH
- Coordinator of Pediatric Oncology Social Work, PCMC
- Director of Social Work Dept. CHRISTUS St. Joseph Village
- Respite Care program, Children with Special Health Needs
- Request for Proposal and Management of Vermont Pharmaceutical Assistance Program
- Assistant to the Medicaid Deputy, Vermont DOH
- Assistant to Director of Care Coordination, Shriners Hospital for Children
- Assistant Director of Development, Community Nursing Services
- Member Westminster MBA Alumni Association
- Mentor Program, Westminster College
- Member Westminster Woman’s Board
- Volunteer – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Volunteer – Catholic Community Services
- Volunteer – House of Hope
- Volunteer – Lifelong Learning Center
- Member – YWCA Salt Lake City
- Past Board Member, the Helping Hand Association, dba The Haven
- Past Board Member, Big Brother Big Sister of Greater Salt Lake
- Past Board Member, Candle Lighters Support Group
- Past Planning Committee Member Ronald McDonald House, Salt Lake City
- Past Board of Directors, Ascension Child Care Center, South Burlington, VT.
- Past Board Member, South Burlington Community Bike Path
Following my undergraduate degree from Minot State University I was employed by Charles Hall Youth Services in Bismarck ND. I worked with juvenile, state and federal court systems in the placement and care coordination of Native American youth in group foster homes.
During graduate work at the University of Utah Graduate School of Social Work I began a career in medical social work at Primary Children’s Medical Center. I worked with Child and Sexual Abuse Team, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Bio-Ethics Committee and was on the On-call Team,
In Vermont I was employed by the State Department of Health as a social worker for Children with Special Health Needs Clinics. Later, as Assistant to the Medicaid Deputy, I developed the Request for Proposal and managed the Vermont Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.
After relocating back in Salt Lake City I managed the Oncology Social Work team at Primary Children’s Hospital. My interest in administration led to the position of Director of the Social Work Department at CHRISUS St. Joseph Villa where I also provided mental health assessments and counseling to the geriatric population.
I accepted a position at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center where I provided mental health assessments and individual, group and family counseling to the impatient psychiatric population before joining Red Willow Counseling in 2014. Here I am able to work directly in helping individuals gain insight to their thoughts, beliefs, and underlying emotions that are a barrier to a healthy and productive life. I work with a variety of mental health issues including addiction disorders in a compassionate, nurturing environment where it is critical that therapists are non-judgmental, innovative and expertly trained. I provide psycho-education and support to individuals, couples and family members. My work allows me to be involved creatively and to identify each individual’s unique strengths. It is gratifying to partner with clients in developing meaningful therapeutic tools to improve their wellbeing in a nurturing recovery environment.