As a doctoral-level counselor, educator, advocate and consultant, I focus on incorporating social justice and multicultural competencies in counseling sessions, classes, supervision, and other educational venues.I am privileged to work with children, youth, adults, and families who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or other sexual or gender identities (LGBTQ+) to expand on their strengths and lived experiences as a counselor in private practice. My counseling, consulting, teaching, research, and service activities are centered around equity and justice for all marginalized individuals and communities.
I received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Idaho State University in 2016 and a Masters in Counseling from Seattle University, both CACREP-accredited programs. As a result of my
education and professional training, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist. As a licensed counselor, I have
experience with children, youth, families and adults in a variety of settings, including mental health agencies, private practice, K-12 schools, and higher education. Previous to relocating to Idaho, I was a child and family therapist at Navos, Washington State’s third largest mental health agency. I worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, ally, and other sexualities and gender identities (LGBTQ+) families and youth, and co-founded and facilitated P.O.W.! (Proud Out Wonderful), an activism leadership group for LGBTQ+ youth in South Seattle. My background as a mental health counseling intern at Seattle Counseling Service included counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups for the LGBTQ+ population. I continue to work with diverse individuals and families in private practice.
As a consultant, I provide services with both small and large organizations, including schools, businesses, and agencies. Services include trainings to increase LGBTQ+ affirmative environments in the school or workplace. Trainings have been given at King County Library Systems, Highline School District, and Idaho State University. I also have experience as a child custody consultant and am currently in the process of becoming a mediator and expert witness. Further consulting services include consultations with colleagues and counselors working towards licensure on increasing multicultural competence.
My primary ambition as an educator is to create collaborative, transparent learning
environments that facilitate students’ personal growth from a social justice-oriented
perspective. In both face-to-face and distance learning settings, I utilize participatory methods of learning emphasizing self-reflection, critical thinking, and co-construction of knowledge. I have a record of instructing a range of courses at Idaho State University, Highline Community College, and Isai Ambalam in Tamil Nadu, India, from a student-centered pedagogic lens that strives to empower students. Currently, I am Core Faculty at Walden University in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling department.
My research ambitions focus on social justice within counseling, best practice in LGBTQ+ competent family counseling, and advocating on behalf of trans and non-binary children and families. I defended my dissertation (titled “Queering Counselor Education: Situational Analysis of LGBTQ+ Competent Faculty”) in January of 2016 and have published over five peer-review journal articles and several other pieces. Please visit my Research page for further information.
My consistent engagement with professional and community service emphasizes my dedication to positive social change and leadership within the counseling community. Presently, I serve as the Idaho Counseling Association President and am the founding Past President for the Idaho chapter of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (IALGBTIC). I am an active member of the following organizations:
- American Counseling Association
- Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
- Idaho Counseling Association
- Idaho Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
As an active member of the American Counseling Association, I adhere to the guidelines of the ACA Codes of Ethics. Being an ethical practitioner is essential to helping clients feel safe in the therapeutic relationship.