- Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
- Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor
- Addictions Counselor
I earned my undergraduate degree at Taylor University in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. During my master’s program, I worked at an adolescent inpatient center for substance use. Upon graduation, I started working at the Robert Young Center where I worked primarily with males from the ages of 18-99+ with a substance use disorder diagnosis; mainly dependence. In addition to working in an outpatient setting, I worked in the inpatient substance abuse unit, the inpatient mental health unit, the ED department where I conducted crisis evaluations, and individual therapy for a variety of mental health disorders. I was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy during my master’s program, but I also utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and EMDR in my treatment approach. My desire when working with individuals is to understand their basis of guilt and shame, which prompts them to hold unhealthy beliefs about themselves and therefore leads to the use of substances and then subsequently the development of addiction. In addition to my clinical work I have also had the opportunity to be an adjunct instructor of psychology at two separate collegiate institutions within the area. The Ranch allows individuals to cope with the shame and guilt that lies underneath the addiction through methods that aim at healing the individually internally. Serenity gained through the various treatment modalities offered at the Ranch is something that can be carried on with the individual when they go back to daily life. My hope is to help foster that internal healing through the journey that will be embarked on at the Ranch. I will step alongside and offer encouragement and a safe place for an individual to shed their old self, which includes destructive thoughts, self-loathing emotions, and a helpless hopelessness and realize the beauty that lies within.