I believe in, and practice from, a relational - harm reduction perspective to address substance use and mental health concerns. I believe in an individualized approach to meeting my clients where they are and addressing the concerns they believe are most relevant, which will help them reach their full potential for happiness and personal growth. I am a cognitive guy who believes that many of the problems we face can be overcome by examining the way our thoughts influence our behavior. It often comes down to thinking about how you think. That being said, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in many of my interventions. However, I also implement Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma, Dynamic Deconstructive Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder, Motivational Interviewing, and the 12-Step Model just to name a few.
I completed my undergraduate education at Weber State University, and earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boise State University.
My work in the substance use field was fostered through work on my own recovery, which began in 2010. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to gain experience in the 12-Step community through service work and my personal recovery journey. During that time, I worked for several years in a group home for youth offenders in the juvenile justice system who had co-occurring substance use disorders.
Following my formal education, I began working as a program coordinator and case manager for Family Counseling Services of Northern Utah.
My work began with Davis Behavioral Health as a certified peer and case manager where I had the opportunity to assist in developing the Recovery Support Services (RSS) program. RSS is now the gold standard across the state, and an example for how to develop and implement a peer driven recovery support program.
My current role at Davis Behavioral Health is as an Adult Outpatient Substance Abuse therapist, as well as the Recovery Support Services therapist providing aftercare follow-up for clients who have completed formal substance abuse treatment.
I am a fitness enthusiast with a current focus on running. I love the way running helps me to maintain and improve my mental health, and gives me personal goals to push toward, all while improving my overall fitness.
I am a student of life and a lifelong learner who continues to seek knowledge about myself, the world, and the human experience.
Borderline Personality Disorder
DBT – Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
Major Life and Family Changes
PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Spouses and Families of Addicts
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