"It's not what happened, it's what happened after."
There are all too many things in our lives that we cannot control. That said, there is room to become empowered and gain composure when facing some of life's most challenging situations. I'm passionate about healing and find true meaning in supporting my clients in overcoming difficulties and learning more about oneself throughout that process.
My style is direct, down to earth and focuses on a collaborative approach. I want to support you by making the most of our time together, and work with you creating change that you can carry out in your everyday life. I offer traditional talk therapy where I incorporate a number of modalities with a focus on mindfulness. I also encourage walking and hiking therapy. Moving our bodies and being with Mother Nature can go a long way! Why not get exercise for your physical, mental and emotional bodies at the same time?
I first discovered my love for helping others over fifteen years ago in an experiential environment, equine therapy. This was where I was introduced to healing through alternative environments, and it made complete sense to me. Since that time, I've worked in a homeless shelter practicing adventure therapy with adolescents. I also led trips abroad, supporting the process of adolescents finding their place in the world, both literally and figuratively. Most recently, I spent several years working intensively with individuals overcoming addiction, as well as persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Because of this broad range of experiences, I have the ability to modify my approach to meet your comfort level and preferences in how you want to reach your own goals.
My education was completed in the Midwest where I earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and completed a Master of Social Work at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. In addition, I completed the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a licensed addiction counselor (LAC) in the State of Colorado. I use numerous modalities with emphasis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology and Motivational Interviewing.
I am very warm, engaging and strive to empower my clients. I am dedicated to guiding others towards their own innate wisdom, strengths, and unique gifts to feeling empowered. I specialize in trauma resolution, PTSD, intergenerational trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.
I am passionate about a number of areas, and have an eclectic preference about who I like to work with most. I would love to support you in improving human relationships, as a couple or as an individual. I also have special interest in women’s issues, motherhood and parenting. I am inspired by young adults by the immense challenges they face navigating future endeavors and independence on their path to finding themselves in these turbulent times. I believe adolescents are our precious future and helping them integrate their own challenges, while encouraging them to find their strengths and desires is the key to the health of our humanity.
I would be honored to be the one to help enrich and transform your life, so that you can better connect to yourself and others in a genuine and compassionate way. Life at times can feel complicated, challenging and confusing but you do not have to feel overwhelmed. This is where having the support of another can be crucial and life changing. I offer an updated approach and clear guidance to help you in finding fresh understandings so that new behaviors and experiences reshape how you see yourself.
I provide insight-oriented and trauma-sensitive therapy with keen understanding that you, the client are the expert on your life. Wherever you are in your process, it would be an honor to help you accelerate your healing so that you may create the life and relationships that you most deeply want.
I have had a broad range of experience beginning working as a psychotherapist in a women’s crisis shelter, the Parenting Place, and People’s House. Most recently, I worked with families and adolescents providing home-based residential treatment supporting foster families in crisis management using creative strategies to cope with various behavioral challenges.
I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA and BFA. I received my master’s degree (MA) from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. I also completed the advance level training in Somatic Experiencing and hold a certificate as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). In addition, I am a Sandplay therapist, which is a nonverbal therapy based in the Jungian tradition of Dora Kalff. I have completed Level 1 training in Diane Pool-Heller’s DARe-Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience that focuses on early attachment dynamics concerning individuals and families. I utilize Family Systems work and the PACT system when I work with families and couples.