Background & Expertise
I received my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver, where the faculty named me the “Outstanding Graduate” in my class. I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado. I am Affiliate Faculty at Regis University, where I teach masters-level courses in the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy.
Additionally, I am trained in EMDR, a popular and effective treatment for trauma. I also have been trained in and lead Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups, which are meditation-based classes designed to prevent the relapse of depression for people who have previously been depressed. I have a keen interest in mindfulness-based and body-centered psychotherapy, leading me to participate in multiple workshops in the Hakomi Method. I participated in a year-long, body-centered trauma therapy training through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
My beliefs and intentions about therapy and our relationship influence our work together. Some of my guiding principles are:
- You have a natural impulse toward health and healing that strengthens when it is supported and nurtured.
- Therapy is collaborative, not forceful.
- When we step out of auto-pilot we gain more freedom, choice, and often some relief; we also gain the ability to make more informed decisions about our lives.
- Using the body to connect with the present moment is one way to step out of auto-pilot.
- We get stuck in old ideas about ourselves that may no longer be true. Updating these beliefs enables new behaviors and a new sense of self.
- Working deeply on ourselves creates room for lasting change.
- Our therapy relationship is a place where you can use me to track your response to another person and to try out new behaviors and ways of being somewhere that you can also get gentle feedback.
- Therapy, like life, does not happen in a bubble. Our cultural factors are inseparable from our experiences in the world. All people deserve the same safe, accepting, and compassionate therapy experiences, regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, religion, size, and physical ability.
Additionally, I study and practice the therapeutic use of companion animals. To facilitate the therapeutic process on cognitive, emotional, and limbic levels, we are joined by my trained companion dog based on your comfort and consent.
Many people find they have trouble describing exactly what they are looking for, or that multiple concerns seem to overlap. Sometimes the problem can only be described as “something just feels off,” “I’m not happy with where I’m headed with my life,” or “I seem to keep repeating the same mistake.” If you have questions about how to choose a therapist who feels right for you, and whether I might be that person, please give me a call so we can briefly discuss whether we might be a good fit. I am happy to provide additional referrals as needed.