- internal family systems (IFS)
- seniors (65+)
- adults (18+)
- teens (14-17)
- preteens (11-13)
- older children (8-10)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
The term therapy can invoke a variety of connotations. Finding the counselor or therapist that best matches your personality and therapy goals often resembles the experience of online dating; it can be tricky and awkward to find someone that you connect with to the degree you are willing to be vulnerable. In a field that is so vast and multifaceted, my prayer is that as your counselor, you will feel as though your story is safe and held during our time together.
Humans are triune creatures. “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). With our mind, body and soul composing the infrastructure of who we are, it is my role to be sensitive to this as we navigate the therapeutic space. I believe that if one part of us is under or over functioning, the entire unit will experience that disproportion.
Perhaps you are walking into therapy and thinking, “This is going to give me all the answers!” To that I can say, “Been there”, and “be open.” In a world patterned with so much unresolve, I think it is natural to seek that sense of order and reason as we attempt to find solace—especially when the pain of life becomes truly personal. For all the varieties of answers on your journey: the answers that come quickly, the answers still in hibernation, and the answers that never quite develop, it is my hope that I can help you honor where you are and what you are feeling now, and that you won’t feel hurried in doing so. To quote the great Teilhard de Chardin, “Trust the slow work of God.”
Ultimately, I believe that redemption is a major theme of counseling. Whether your narrative requires rebuilding the ruins or starting from scratch, I have seen that God’s restorative power has no limitations. The Lord is a great recycler; there is no story that he looks at and is surprised or intimidated by—and this is great news for us. Whatever you bring, wherever you are, I want to make space for you as you steward your next steps.
What to Expect in Therapy
If you are lost, make a sound. We use sound to help others know where we are, it’s instinctual; babies cry, wolves howl, and birds chirp. I remember the Spirit speaking this over me during a stuck season, and it was the prerequisite that I needed to make a move. I think that sometimes therapy can be that first step towards “making a sound.” Whether you are an adult, child, or adolescent, I want your counseling experience to make you feel heard and supported.
While you are seeking therapy, I will never profess to have all the answers or insights. I recognize that this process is a partnership, so I want you to feel like you can ask questions, speak your mind, as well as offer me feedback that will result in more meaningful and productive therapy experience. This time is about you!
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I am currently in my final year at Denver Seminary and will be graduating with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the Fall of 2024. After going through practicum, I am expectant for my internship here at Cornerstone.
My professional experience has predominantly been with children. I have been a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for nearly three years now wherein I do in-home therapy for kids on the autism spectrum. My eight years of volunteering and working in Children and Youth ministries have furthered my affinity for learning from and working with the younger generation.
An introvert in nature, you can find me reading, listening to podcasts, or watching movies in my spare time. It is the running joke that I am the grandma of the friend group, a role that I take to heart. I always have snacks on hand, am classical music-crazed, and love a good story—whether I’m telling or listening.
Though I do not hail from Colorado (it shows—you will not find me hiking a fourteener!), I love to be outside walking or reading on the deck. As with my own journey in counseling, I have learned a great deal about the importance of regular movement in my everyday life, greatly benefiting from attuned activity.
Presently, I find myself spending a lot of free time looking at large, goofy dogs on Craigslist. Maybe I will pull the trigger soon.
“We do not see their world how it is, we see it as we are.” – Anais Nin
“Be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
“The greater the doubt, the greater the awakening. The smaller the doubt, the smaller the awakening. No doubt, no awakening.” -C.C Chang
“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” -Fred Rogers
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