The thing that I have valued about my time at BYU, working on my PhD, has been the connection that I have made to the community on campus. The marriage and family therapy students and faculty have become like family to me, and I look forward to being connected to them long after my education ends.
What was the best learning experience you had?
The best learning experience that I had was a specific moment where Dr. Quintin Hunt led a practicum supervision group of PhD MFT students through an experiential supervision activity which I was able to learn from and then use with a group of master's students that I was working with at the time. The feeling that I had during both of these experiences can only be described as sacred.
What/Who are you grateful for as you reflect on your college experience?
I owe everything about my college experience to Dr. Alyssa Banford Witting. She showed me respect, from the very beginning of our initial interaction and throughout our time together. She helped me grow exponentially in my knowledge about research in the MFT field and mentored me in becoming a producer of knowledge.
The Blaine R. Porter Endowed Academic Scholarship made it possible to financially pay for the expenses associated with earning my PhD. Additionally, the generous funds available through the MFT program, which includes being awarded the Outstanding Student Award for 2019 from the MFT program. Also, I was able to represent the PhD students in the MFT program and advocate for their needs to the faculty. Finally, and thankfully, there are too many research projects and publications to name here.
What's next for you?
I will continue working at Encircle Therapy as a therapist (helping folx in the LGBTQIA+ community and their family members) through the summer while I finish getting fully licensed in the state of Utah and prepare to open my own clinic. The new clinic will be geared toward helping LGBTQIA+ individuals, couples, polyamorous networks, and families. I look forward to working with those in my community, in healing and growing as they work toward their mental health and relationship goals!