Working with youth has always been a passion of mine. After graduating with my Masters in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, I have been doing just that. I spent the last eight years working with rural schools in Southeast Alaska as a School Counselor. The more I addressed student and school needs, the more apparent it became that student and school health and wellness is linked to a community's health and wellness. They all go hand in hand. You can’t address one without the other. I am privileged to be working in this community with your schools to bring awareness and intervention to those in need.
I started my mental health career working with youth in residential care facilities and felt a desire to provide better mental health services for the communities’ youth. I initially served Tehama County as the Wraparound Case Manager after getting my B.A. in psychology from Simpson University. I then went on to get my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and interned with Children First Foster Family Agency working with Intensive Services Foster Care youth, serving both Tehama and Shasta County. During my time there, I developed a sensory integration and play therapy group for foster children with complex trauma. I then went onto work as the Wraparound Mental Health Clinician for Shasta County Children Services providing assistance to families in Child Protective Services. I was also the lead clinician for the intensive programs after-hours oncall response team providing crisis management services to clients and their families. In all my previous positions, the main ingredient I’ve observed in client’s success was connection to a trusted individual, having someone willing to listen without judgement, and hope for change. I’m looking forward to being a supportive, collaborative partner with Tehama County’s educational staff, students and their families.
I have found my niche in life was in helping people grow and prosper. I have spent the last 9 years figuring out the specific population that pulled on my heart strings the most, and this is where I have landed. I started my professional career working with Tehama County Health Services Agency in the Drug and Alcohol Division. While there I worked with children and parents in the various programs along with running a Moral Recognition group in the County Jail. During this time I worked towards my Bachelors in Psychology as well as my certification as a drug and alcohol counselor. Later, I moved to the Mental Health Division at TCHSA working with the adult population as a Case Resource Specialist. Throughout my time working with various populations, I came to the realization my passion was working with children and families as a whole. When the opportunity to be a part of the new Health Families Tehama program as a Family Support worker became available, I jumped on it. After completing my Masters of Science in School Psychology I moved over to Tehama County Department of Education where I have worked as the School Psychologist for the past four years serving our smaller districts throughout the county. I am ecstatic to be switching gears and have the opportunity to work more closely with our youth and the community to provide direct Mental Health and Wellness services and collaborate with our community partners.
I was born and raised here in Red Bluff and am thrilled to be back in my hometown providing Mental Health Services to my community. I graduated with my Masters of Science in Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018. I have two and a half years of experience working in a County Mental Health System where I worked specifically with individuals with severe & persistent mental illness in the adult and child outpatient program, crisis intervention for youth and adults, and Full-Service Partnership program for adults. I am trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and utilize techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I know how important it is to recognize all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being, including their physical health, support systems, school environment, and faith/spirituality in this process.