I have been working in the addictions treatment field since 2006. While I started my career with the goal of doing custody evaluations, I quickly realized that I had an interest in addiction and have found myself to be an effective helping professional in this area. While I do very little direct service work these days, I see the world through the therapies I’ve practiced, including Transactional Analysis, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and various forms of Mindfulness. I oversee treatment provision through quality improvement processes, clinical supervision, and training.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me trying to trick my children and friends into joining me in some physical activity; generally cycling. I’m a rabid cyclist and also enjoy running, swimming, hiking, and generally being outside (when it’s not terribly cold, and even then…).
Helping is easy…
…but therapy is not. It’s not rocket science, but it does take real effort. There is no magic pill; no simple fix. Often, my clients spend years – if not decades – getting themselves into a pinch and getting out almost always requires a little discomfort and some work; sometimes…a lot of work. For most people, I believe there is a way out.
Clinical Director – First Step House
As part of an amazing and highly-capable leadership team, I am responsible for, and generally oversee, clinical services in all of the First Step House programs. I’m proud to be a part of a highly-capable team of interdisciplinary professionals.
I offer Clinical Supervision and Consultation Services. I also work with local substance use disorder treatment centers, helping to improve their services through the use of evidence-based practices and technological tools.
I have worked with the School of Medicine at the University of Utah on a program that helps substance abusing individuals obtain much-needed dental services from dental students in-training. I teach the Practice II class in the University of Utah’s Master’s of Social Work Program.
I present publicly on various topics including Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment and Motivational Interviewing
230 W. 400 S.
Salt Lake City, UT. 84101
I bounce around a lot, but most days you can find me at the First Step House Administration Office. Come say what’s up!