About Us

Clinical Expertise

I have over twenty years of experience providing mental health services to adults, children and families in the Tucson community. I am a licensed substance abuse counselor and a certified clinical trauma professional. I am presently consulting with Palo Verde Behavioral Health Psychiatric Hospital as a psychotherapist providing individual therapy, group therapy, and assessments. I am also teaching graduate level psychology courses at the University of Phoenix, where I am qualified to teach over 40 different classes.

I was the Clinical Director at a local non-profit organization, building positive trusting relationships with at-risk youths and families in the Tucson community. During my tenure, I supervised client clinical services, identified clinical treatment plans, developed direct care programs, trained mental health professionals, and provided direct therapy to clients. My therapeutic style follows a humanistic approach and utilizes many different methods including:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Reality Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Family Systems
  • Client-Centered Therapy

My core values

My core values are integrity, respect and compassion. I will treat you with kindness and empathy, and do what is right without exception. My interpersonal approach is to quickly build a rapport with you by engaging in honest and direct conversation.

Together we will explore your thoughts, feelings, and personal relationships to identify and process underlying problems.

I will work together with you to facilitate growth and change to improve your quality of life.

“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”  Abraham Maslow

Personal Information

I was born in California, raised in North Dakota, and have happily called Tucson my home for over twenty years. I am married with two young sons. My interests include spending quality time with my family, playing softball, traveling, cooking, and enjoying music.

I am very active in the Tucson community, with a soft spot in my heart for children. I serve on the Parent Teacher Association at my sons’ school to support the hard-working teachers and organize special events. I am active within my local church, teaching religious education and bible school. I was a volunteer for many years at Tu Nidito, Tucson’s “Little Nest” for seriously ill and grieving children. I have also served on the Youth Development Coalition in Tucson and the United Way of Southern Arizona.

Several formative events early in my life inspired me to pursue a career helping others. I earned a Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After working for someone else for my entire career, I recently decided to branch out on my own and start offering counseling services directly to clients through Quality of Life Counseling.

Awards & Recognition

Certified Associate Faculty – University of Phoenix

Student Professional Development Award – University of Phoenix

Instructional Effectiveness Award – University of Phoenix

Team Work and Collaboration Award – University of Phoenix

Going the Extra Mile Award – University of Phoenix

Outstanding Research Dissertation Nomination – Walden University

Behavioral Health Coalition Award – Tucson, AZ

Youth Mentor Award – Youth Development Coalition, Tucson, AZ

Group Home of the Year (3 times) – La Paloma Family Services

Employee of the Year – La Paloma Family Services