B.A. in Psychology, Weber State University, Ogden, UT
M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA
Certification and Licenses:
Domestic Violence Provider Certification- Utah
EMDR trained, Level 1
Gottman Couple’s Method trained, Level 1
Clinical Areas of Interest: Addictions, Latinx cultural issues and mental health, trauma, crisis counseling, severe and persistent mental illness, working with children, adolescents, adults, couple, and families.
Research Areas of Interest: Intersection of mental health and corrections populations, including addictions treatment and juvenile sex offending
Service Work – University/Community/Professional: Service on the IRB board and various other committees across campus, Member of ACA, ACES, AARC, and Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
Teaching Philosophy: I identify as a counselor educator. Teaching is, for me, a privilege. I teach to make learning a personal experience for my students and to challenge them to apply the principles of counseling in new ways. I embrace the constructivist approach to teaching and learning, where both the learner and the instructor are able to co-create knowledge together. My goal as a counselor educator is to provide a safe, constructive environment where all learners, myself included, are willing and able to discuss both the easy and difficult aspects of being a mental health counselor.
Interests Outside of School: My family, church community, reading, and roller coasters!
“Tus luchas no te definen, pero pueden refinarte.” Reyna Aburto, Translation: “Your struggles do not define you, but they can refine you.”