As a life-long learner, I believe in the collaborative nature of preparing counselors-in-training for their future roles. My teaching philosophy is grounded in relational cultural theory and intersectionality. I encourage students to be active participants in their educational experiences and demonstrate how reflexivity and the ‘5 good things’ can be used to promote critical thinking and growth both personally and professionally.
My professional experiences include working in community based mental health agencies, private practice, residential facilities, and academia. I have worked with clients of all backgrounds, but I am passionate about systematically addressing issues of marginalization many clients experience especially those relative to racial and ethnic minorities, children, the LGBT community, and women. My research interests include counselor educator cognitive development, clinical applications of the multicultural and social justice competencies, intersectionality and relational cultural theory as pedagogy, and culturally sensitive gatekeeping.