I am a licensed psychologist (NE #845) in the State of Nebraska.
Education and Experience
I completed my Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction (’05), Master of Arts (’07) and PhD (’12) all at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL– Go Big Red!).
My clinical experiences have spanned across a variety of sites, including:
- Center for Health and Counseling- Creighton University, Omaha, NE (Pre-doctoral internship)
- Counseling and Psychological Services- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Women’s Center- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Northeast High School- Lincoln, NE
- Child Guidance Center, Lincoln, NE – I worked with kids, teens, adults, and families
- St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services, Lincoln, NE
During my pre-doctoral internship, I focused mainly on issues of college student development, identity concerns, depression, anxiety, academic struggles, group therapy and assessment (ADHD/LD, personality, and projective).
Currently I also work as a part-time therapist at Nebraska Wesleyan University, completing my official tour of college counseling centers in the Lincoln-Omaha area.
Other stuff you may (or may not) want to know about me
Why did you get into psychology? Two reasons: 1) it’s fascinating. I was hooked on it after taking Psych 101 in college. 2) I feel truly alive, truly myself when I am in connection with other people. As soon as I figured this out, I applied for my Master’s degree in counseling. During my Master’s program, I found out that I also had interests in assessment and research, so I went on for my PhD. And the rest is history.
Why did you become a therapist? Because I love this work–I see therapy as the perfect marriage of art and science, and I get the privilege of using this hybrid to help enrich the lives of others. Working in this capacity has added perspective, depth, and vibrancy to my life. I also very much enjoy my work in assessment. I see assessment as another means by which a client can tell me his or her story, and it often gives me important clues as to how best a client’s needs may be met.
But who are you, really? Well, I’m a rural girl at heart. I grew up in a town of 700 people, where I knew everyone and everyone knew me. Of course as a teenager I was “bored” and couldn’t wait to move to Lincoln; little did I know how much of a lifelong impact growing up rural would have on me. I’ve come to believe the rural way of life is a culture in and of itself, and one that is easily felt, though not easily understood. My dissertation, which focused on the adjustment of rural students to urban colleges, was initially inspired by my own rocky transition to college– and it just so happened that there was also an almost total lack of recognition of rural students in scholarly literature. The psychology of small communities continues to be a big interest and specialty area of mine.
When I’m not working, I am an avid reader and writer. I enjoy being active and spending time outside, especially during Fall and Spring. However, every Saturday in the Fall, you’re likely to find me glued to a TV or at Memorial Stadium, as I am a devout Husker football fan (GBR!). I am a connoisseur of donuts and pastries–admittedly, more of a taste-testing expert than a creator of such things…though I have been known to make pretty awesome cinnamon rolls.
Interwoven into all of those personal endeavors and hobbies are my roles as wife and mother, daughter, granddaughter, and friend. My family and friends, especially my husband and two small kids, are at the center of my world.