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M.A.- Level Intern
- play therapy
- familial-based conflicts
- sensory processing difficulties
- holistic wellness
- mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
- art therapy
- interpersonal relationships
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
My mission statement is to create a space for my clients to feel seen and loved. In that safe space, you will be empowered to take steps toward growth. One of my goals as your therapist is to give you room to process and tools to regulate. I also want to help you understand that, although we live in a society that values quick results, your problems won’t be solved in one session. In fact, they may not be solved in twenty sessions.
Think of therapy like surgery. If we simply take ibuprofen for the injury, it provides quick relief but no actual healing. The process of healing a physical injury is a long process. If we are willing to put in the time for physical healing, then let’s put in the time for mental and emotional healing as well – it’s worth it!
What to Expect in Therapy
Life knocks all of us over in various ways. Just because your hurts “aren’t as bad” as another person’s does not mean that you don’t also need help. You are as welcome and worthy to experience love as the next person. Together, we will work on figuring out the roots of what is going on in your life so that you can ultimately live more freely.
In our first session, I will gather a general overview of what is going on and what you would like to work on. This is a time for you to gauge if we will be a good fit. Then, over the course of many sessions, we will work on sorting and connecting the pieces of your story – completing the puzzle of your life and creating a space of safety. We will work on developing coping skills for daily life that can help you heal.
If you are open to involving various members of your family in therapy, I am excited to include you all, as I love to consider the systems we live within and how they impact our lives. Either way, let’s work together on giving you the skills to function within the systems in your life.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
In college, I studied nonprofit management. Post-college, I worked in a campus ministry. Throughout that time, I worked with people caught in places of intense systemic injustice. People were coming to me with intense trauma in their lives and I realized how ill-equipped I was to handle their pain. I needed professional, evidence-based training. This led me to pursue a career as a licensed professional counselor.
I am currently studying at Denver Seminary. My primary work so far has been with children, adolescents, and their families (though I enjoy working with people of all ages!). My clientele has included individuals from various home dynamics including traditional family units, fostering/adoption, and divorce. Our focus in sessions has included sensory processing difficulties, anxiety, anger, familial problems, and grief.
In my free time, I like to paint, read, cook, and bake. I bake a loaf of bread each week, but I love trying out new recipes as well. My fanciest specialty is ratatouille, and I dream of someday
perfecting pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants).
“Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you
so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the
experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.” –Richard Rohr