There are a lot of things in the world that can seem too big or scary to face, and certainly to overcome. When we feel like we must face these things to progress or move forward in our lives, we become conflicted. The dominant thought becomes, “I know I need to do this, but I can’t.” We can easily become controlled by fear and may try to avoid, run away, or hide from these scary things. Eventually, we run out of places to hide and feel completely stuck.
I have found myself stuck in my life for many reasons. And I am grateful for all those who have helped me to recognize my internal strength and abilities to overcome challenges.
My goal with the clients I work with is to:
1. Stop hiding and start living.
2. Utilize and recognize your strengths.
3. Believe that you can overcome the challenges that life throws your way.
I am a combat veteran. I served two tours of duty as a soldier in the U.S. Army in Iraq (2004-2005, 2006-2008). Living in a war zone, I was faced with many scary things, and I found myself feeling stuck often. I had to learn how to let go. A war zone (much like life) is chaotic and unpredictable. There were so many things happening all around me that I had no control over. I had to accept this fact before I could live with any sort of peace. In a war zone, you don’t feel peaceful often. However, my experiences as a soldier have taught me a lot about my personal growth, ability to overcome challenges, and has given me a unique perspective on humanity.
As a therapist, I have worked with veterans at the VA hospital struggling with homelessness, substance use and addiction, legal problems, chronic pain, anxiety and depression, PTSD, and overall mental health and functioning. I have also worked as a wilderness therapist with adolescents and young adults struggling with identity development (individuation and separation from parents), substance use problems, trauma, parent/child relational problems, anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning differences, oppositional defiance/conduct disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Utah. I received my bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University and completed graduate school at the University of Utah. I have been trained and have trained others in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD.
I have seen the power of people healing and learning how to gain confidence in themselves and their abilities to live a directed, meaningful life—free from the chains of addiction and fear. And I believe that we are all capable of getting unstuck if we are willing to be brutally honest with ourselves and work through difficulties, so we can plan, predict, and prepare for the good times ahead.