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I grew up in the rural, Imperial Valley area of Southern California down by the Mexican border. I was actually born in the border town of Calexico. Growing up as a white minority with race privilege, but not necessarily economic privilege, has definitely framed my view of self, relationship with others, and awareness of my desires and power to help others connect to self and be engaged in the world from the place of an empowered real self. As a Southern Cal transplant (please don’t hold that against me!), winters can be a little long and cold for me. Much of the time I long for the 110 degree weather I grew up with, but aside for the cold temperatures, I absolutely love Eastern Oregon – the natural beauty, the pace of life, and the people!
I moved to La Grande in September, 2001, to begin working in the Counseling Center, and have truly experienced my work here at EOU as an ongoing call in my life. I earned my BA in Behavioral Science from Concordia University in Irvine, California in 1991; my MA in Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University (also in Southern Cal) in 1993; and my PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Family Psychology) also from Azusa Pacific University, in 2001. I completed my formal internship training at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. So, yes, for one year I became a Cornhusker fan … especially of women’s volleyball!
I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and had a private practice for several years where I had the fortunate opportunity of working with many families, kids (doing play therapy), couples, as well as individuals. I have been a licensed psychologist in Oregon since 2002, and enjoy working with those who have experienced trauma and are struggling with various addictions, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and spiritual wonderings. I thoroughly enjoy working with the college student population, which makes my job an ideal fit for me.
I could share lots more about myself, so if you want to know more, feel free to ask when you visit the Counseling Center or see me around campus.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, I had the opportunity to be exposed to the large cities of the East Coast as well as the rolling green hills and forests. As a child I was always drawn towards the mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests seeking adventure in all forms.
While in Pennsylvania I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millersville University while working as an autism support worker for young adults on the spectrum. During this time, I fell in love with both working in the mental health field and being involved in higher education. To continue my passion, I enrolled at Lehigh University where I completed my M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services. While at Lehigh University I spent my time exploring the outdoors, playing music, and researching gender issues and immigrant rights as it relates to counseling services. During this time, I completed my internship at Kutztown University Counseling Center where I practiced as a counselor for university students.
Once I had finished graduate school, I felt the call of the West and moved to Oregon where I have been living ever since. Immediately, I fell in love with the sunshine, huge mountain ranges, and pristine nature. While in Oregon I have worked as a counselor for young adults in a transitional treatment center. My goal is to help young adults emerge into a fully realized version of themselves through exploration of the self and relationships to others. I believe that healing occurs through acceptance and relationships.
When I’m not in the counseling center you might see me hiking with my dog Baxter, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, or somewhere lost in the mountains. I pride myself in being an ally and advocate for people of all backgrounds, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Please contact the Student Health Center if you would like to schedule an appointment.
I have been the Patient Access Specialist for the Student Health and Counseling Center since 2011. I enjoy being part of the health care team here on campus. We work hard to meet the needs of our student population every day. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing with my 3 dogs and enjoying beautiful Northeast Oregon.
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Eastern Oregon University
6th Street & "L" Avenue
La Grande, OR 97850
Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
(Closed 12 - 1 PM)
Monday and Wednesday:
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tuesday and Thursday:
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM