I was raised in Anchorage and attended The University of Iowa for my undergraduate degree, where I majored in psychology and communication. I returned to Alaska and attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage for my Masters in Science Degree in Psychology. Following this, I worked in an adolescent residential treatment facility for several years, and then became a school counselor for seven years to children under the Title I grant with the Anchorage School District. I opened my private practice and completed my Psy.D. through Saybrook University in San Francisco, California, where I developed expertise in humanistic psychology.
During this time, I had additional training to work specifically with adjudicated sexual offenders, male, female and juveniles, and their families and victims. I received specific expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology. I am an Approved Provider with the State of Alaska, Department of Corrections, as well as a Supervisor. I have been called as an expert witness for forensic issues within the court system.
Since completing my training, I have worked with Saybrook University and supervise those who are seeking licensure or Approved Provider Status. I also continue to produce scholarly work in the form of articles for blogs, newsletters, and lectures on different areas of interest in psychology. You can read more about my educational background and ongoing projects in my C.V.