I specialize in counseling related to the following areas:
- Moving to Adoption
- Moving to Third-Party Reproduction
- Placing a Child for Adoption
- Pregnancy Challenges
- Infant Death
- Birth Trauma
- Baby in the NICU
- Postpartum Challenges
I began my career as a medical social worker at a Utah hospital on the Women’s, Children’s, and Neonatal units where I helped families transition when life events didn’t go as planned such as miscarriage, stillbirth, birth trauma, and a baby having health complications. This is where I fell in love with working with women and families. My next position was at The Family Support Center where I assisted many different families through hardship, trauma, and mental health challenges. I also spent three years volunteering at The Sharing Place where I helped families through the death and grief of a loved one.
My personal experiences with infertility, pregnancy loss, and adoption led me to start the Utah Infertility Resource Center (UIRC), a nonprofit organization providing emotional support and education to families wishing and struggling to grow. As the Executive Director and a counselor, I was able to work on both the community and individual levels to effect change. I began to specialize in helping families move from infertility treatments to adoption or third-party reproduction. In 2018, I transitioned out of the Executive Director role and I now serve on the Board of Directors and continue providing therapy to clients of UIRC as well.
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Utah State University. I also received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Utah. I serve on the Utah Adoption Council and am a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Practitioners Group. I am trained in EMDR Therapy, Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and am listed as one of the trained counselors for Postpartum Support International – Utah. I am a teacher for The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death and teach pregnancy and birth professionals how to “hold space” for pregnancy loss and infant death.
I was recognized by Utah Business Magazine as a 20 in Their 20’s honoree and given the Early Career Community Award by Utah State’s Women & Gender Studies Department. I am actively involved in local research and advocacy endeavors related to my work, frequently present for various organizations and have been interviewed by a variety of media outlets.
I love my job and feel it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to sit with my clients during the depths of human pain as well as the beautiful moments of strength and resilience. If you feel I could be of assistance to you in your current situation, contact me here for a free 15 minute consultation. I look forward to hearing from you!