I am currently a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), which means that I have received extensive specialized training in the treatment of sexual addictions for the addict and their family systems. The CSAT training is based on the decades of research completed by Patrick Carnes, the foremost in sex addiction treatment and research. I believe that treating all affected members of the addiction is crucial for successful, long-term recovery and freedom from the effects of addiction. I use individual, couples, and group treatments to provide the best possible outcome. I have also received specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and IRRT (Information Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy), which allow me to assist individuals, couples, and families who have experienced traumatic events such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, or significant losses that may be contributing to addictive behavior or adding to betrayal trauma. EMDR is well-researched as an effective treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). IRRT is effective specifically for individuals experiencing flashbacks of traumatic events, sometimes effective in as little as a few sessions. I have had great success in helping those who have suffered traumatic events, utilizing EMDR and IRRT along with his other therapeutic skills to assist trauma survivors to overcome their emotional distress.
As a marriage and family therapist I am uniquely qualified to assess and treat individuals, couples, and families that are experiencing unhappiness and pain, including in their relationships with each other. I view individuals as being a part of a larger system (marriages, families, friendships, etc.) and am specially trained to draw on the strengths of these systems. I realize that individuals, couples, and families are not isolated from what occurs around them, allowing them to utilize more resources to assist those seeking treatment.
I have been working therapeutically with individuals, couples, and families since 2005. I have worked in various settings that include residential, home-based, and outpatient treatment. My experience includes work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. I have been treating pornography and sexual addictions at Centerpoint Counseling since 2014, although my interest in treating this population started before I was in graduate school.
2020 CSAT Certification
2010 AAMFT Clinical Member
2010 IDAMFT Clinical Member
2010 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Idaho
2008 Virginia Tech University - M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy
2003 Weber State University - B.A in Psychology; Family Studies Minor
Continual education every year to ensure the highest standard of quality in mental health
Currently Affiliated with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
Clinical Therapist at Vista Health Center, Idaho Falls, ID
Clinical Therapist at Family Treatment Center, Idaho Falls, ID
Family-Centered Specialist at Institute for Family Centered Services, Falls Church, VA
Home Based Counselor at Victoria Transcultural Clinical Center, Fairfax, VA
Residential Counselor at Alternative House, Vienna, VA