Growing up in the rural landscapes of Montana has bestowed upon me a unique perspective on mental health. I deeply empathize with the inherent challenges of opening up about our struggles and the courage it takes to seek help. This understanding guides every counseling relationship I forge, as I firmly believe that individuals are the ultimate authorities of their own lives. My role is to serve as a supportive sounding board and a provider of skills to facilitate their personal growth.
In 2011, my mental health career began as a school counselor and program coordinator at a prominent high school in Montana. Within this role, I had the privilege of working with at-risk students, ensuring they received the necessary support and remained connected to the school community, all with the aim of reducing dropout rates. I collaborated closely with high-risk students, those requiring additional assistance, and those who faced expulsion for non-violent offenses. Together with school resource officers, administrators, teachers, and probation officers, we fostered a comprehensive support network for these students, offering a holistic approach to their well-being.
In 2016, my husband and I made the decision to return to the Ruby Valley and assist my parents with our multi-generation guest ranch business. As I reconnected with my family ranch, I assumed responsibility for equine-assisted military training. It was during these training sessions that I discovered a profound passion for working with service men and women. Over the past five years, I have dedicated myself to developing a cognitive optimization program for active-duty personnel, transitioning military members, retired veterans, and Veterans. Through Upper Canyon Outreach, a 501(c)3 organization, our primary objective is to align individuals' ideal selves with their real selves, empowering them to achieve personal congruence. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education with an emphasis in school counseling, both earned from Montana State University. Whenever possible, I integrate equine-assisted activities into my therapeutic approach, as I have received training and certification in PATH International, EAGALA, Herd Institute, and Natural Lifemanship. At the core of my practice, I am dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing space for clients to embark on their transformative journey. It would be an honor to join you on this path of self-discovery and growth. Please don't hesitate to reach out, and together, let's create a therapeutic alliance where you can flourish and find the support you deserve.