Year Joined: 2021
Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Undergraduate Degree: BA - Psychology
Graduate School: Argosy University
Graduate Degree: MA - Clinical Psychology
The work I have done so far in my career has been within forensic settings. I have had the privilege of working with individuals from all walks of life. Every person came with compelling stories to share, particularly as it pertained to their current circumstances and their desire for a better life. From a "clinical interest" perspective, I could say I tend to gravitate more towards populations that others might be more reluctant to work with such as personality disorders, individuals with criminal histories, at-risk youth, or those who feel marginalized/misunderstood, but my experience in the field has taught me not to take anyone at face value. Had I done so at the beginning of my career I would have limited myself significantly and missed out on events which have changed the way I look at the world.
Before a specific theoretical orientation can be determined, I believe strongly in "meeting someone where they are at." I can throw every skill in my repertoire at someone but if they are not ready it is not going to matter. I believe that people are people first and ought to be approached in that matter. So, it's safe to say I am Human Centered. Existential-humanistic therapy would be an even better way to describe my approach. As a DBT therapist here at Nystrom & Associates, this is obviously something near and dear to me and a modality that I strongly believe in. I should also throw out the disclaimer that I employ a more direct approach. This is not to be confused with severity however; I am honest and always well-intended.
Spending time with my family, reading, writing, learning, art, philosophy, music, going on walks, cooking, traveling, religion/spirituality, current events, film, theater, and more broadly I enjoy anything that evokes a lot of thought. I always tend to be on the search for meaningful activities to invest my time in.