Prior to coming to Regis University in 2010, I was an assistant professor at Central Washington University in the department of psychology, where I taught master’s level classes in the counseling program for four years. My teaching interests include Cultural Issues and Social Justice in Counseling and Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Clinical Courses. I have worked as a licensed therapist since 2005, serving couples, families, and individuals from a systemic and contextual framework, and I provide supervision to therapists seeking licensure. I have an integrated approach to therapy and supervision, but I am most drawn to Experiential Family Therapy, Intergenerational Theory, Structural Family Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have completed training in evidenced based models for couple therapy, including Gottman Level 1 and the Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Externship.
My teaching philosophy, based on the work of Paulo Freire, is a good fit for a Jesuit institution. I intentionally guide students to integrate their values and actions in service to others by thoughtfully engaging with the five elements of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm: Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation. I help students to gain cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills by identifying the sociopolitical context for themselves, their instructors, their peers, and the clients that they serve. I introduce experiential activities (e.g., readings, role plays, case studies) followed by reflective exercises, such as writing or group discussion. I provide opportunities for further experiential learning asking students to apply new knowledge based on readings and reflections. Finally, I engage students in self-evaluation and formal evaluation through written assignments and presentations.