After obtaining my Bachelor of Science in psychology from Saint John Fisher College, I received my Masters of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Following the completion of my degree, I worked at a behavioral health clinic and Psychiatric Mobile Crisis Team before obtaining my License in Clinical Social Work in New York. During this time, I worked as an adjunct professor at the local college and a running coach.
As an avid ultra-marathoner, I am constantly reminded the importance of mental training in addition to physical training. Athletes pour money into enhancing their physical strength and ignore their well-being (low mood, anxiety and depressive symptoms). All athletes should avoid the pitfalls of negative self-talk – whether it is your first 5k or your 100th ultra. And yet, athletes can find themselves in a cycle of negative thoughts that affect both performance and life outside of your sport. For athletes, overcoming these negative feelings is critical to reaching your full potential as an athlete and as a human! Using my four core principles, I can guide you along this path that links your physical and mental well-being helping you reach your potential as an athlete.
Currently, I live in Bend with my partner and am working at a therapeutic boarding school. In this position, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and motivational interviewing to help create positive change in their lives. I will complete a certificate in sports social work through Alliance of Social Workers in Sports in 2019.
- Motivational Interviewing
- Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate through the University of Denver
- Suicide prevention trainings
- Mental Health Disaster Crisis Training
- NASW, Power of Social Work
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training
- Quality Assurance Training
- Emergency Mental Health : Assessment and Treatment
- Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
- Alliance of Social Worker’s Sport Certificate