MEET IPA STUDENT MEMBER:
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: Estill Springs, Tennessee, about 2 hours from Nashville
UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED: University of Tennessee-Knoxville for undergrad, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro for my master's degree, and Idaho State University for my PhD
POPULATIONS SERVED: Throughout my time in the field I have worked with a wide variety of clients, from young children to geriatric populations. My primary focus is working with adults for therapy and assessment.
PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS: I enjoy working with clients with a variety of presenting concerns with varying identities. I specifically enjoy working with marginalized populations through various modalities, especially the LGBTQ+ population and trauma.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT STUDYING TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST?
I have enjoyed all of the different settings and populations that I have had the honor of working with. Each client and each day is so vastly different than the next and I enjoy the flexibility in pushing myself in making connections and learning about more than just my focus areas. I also have enjoyed learning from supervisors and being able to carry forward what each has taught me about psychology and myself.
THEORETICAL ORIENTATION: I typically use an integrated or flexible approach dependent on the context of the unique needs of each client. However, I typically use an integrative approach rooted in interpersonal and third wave cognitive behavioral theories, such as ACT. I also enjoy using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) depending on fit.
PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES: I have had the pleasure of working in multiple settings, such as a crisis stabilization unit and neuropsychology department during my master’s program. While I have been at ISU, I have worked at HealthWest Pocatello and City Center, ISU Counseling and Testing, a forensic practicum with Dr. Hatzenbuehler, the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders Interprofessional Intensive Stuttering Clinic, I have been a peer supervisor with Dr. Lawyer’s practicum team within the ISU Psychology Clinic, and 3 other practicum teams within the ISU Psychology Clinic.
WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER: I am currently a 4th year doctoral candidate training at Idaho State University. I am also currently completing internship interviews to start internship in the fall.
IN WHAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PRACTICING? I am very open to where I end up, but I would love to return to the South and be closer to some of my family members.
IN WHAT TYPE OF SETTING OR WITH WHAT POPULATION DO YOU IMAGINE YOU’LL WORK? I hope to continue working with a university population, where I can continue to learn about therapy, assessment, supervision, crisis work, outreach, and social justice.
HOBBIES: I love spending time with my wife and two dogs, specifically outside at the dog park, hiking, or taking long walks. I enjoy baking and eating the food that my wife cooks. I also love to read (pretty much any genre), knit, ride my road bike, and box. Also, I love to travel (when I am able to), especially to national parks and around Europe with my sister who lives in Germany.
HIDDEN TALENT: I don’t know if this is a hidden talent but I have sold baked goods through restaurants back in Nashville and have done large catering orders, such as for a wedding. My best sellers were cupcakes (you name the flavor and I have made it) and doing fun decorations on top. I have also heard I make really good cookies and pies (specifically pecan pie – thank you Mom and Grandma).