- older children
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do”
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
Our connectedness is part of our humanness. This is the very fabric that weaves us together. The hunger to be seen, and known, and heard, is what makes us human. We were created for the wholeness that comes from relationships, and not only that but to thrive within them.
What brings us into counseling is the “stuck” part. We encounter brokenness, and shame, and woundedness which stands in our way from experiencing health in relationships. Shame robs us of the ability to be seen and heard and to do the same for others.
This is where counseling comes in. Counseling can provide the bridge from being stuck to finding wholeness with someone who is safe, warm, and non-judgemental. As your counselor, I will walk beside you, helping you navigate the hard parts of your story, and partnering with you as we discover new and healthy ways to relate. Whether it’s as you go out into the world, as you interact with those closest to you, or as you own your own story.
My approach to working with children and adults is different–but I want to be intentional to meet you right where you are. Every client is so incredibly unique, and working through different parts of their story. It’s always been an honor to work with children specifically, providing them the safe space they need to process difficult moments through play, appropriate interventions, and creativity.
What to Expect in Therapy
As the wise Brene Brown wrote, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” By taking the step toward therapy you have already demonstrated such incredible courage! As your therapist, it is my desire to create an environment that is safe, authentic, and warm as we begin this journey together. I believe the therapeutic relationship to be collaborative and equal; where we are partners as we create treatment goals and engage each week.
I use various approaches in the counseling room, all of which are dependent on your or your child’s individual needs, such as play therapy, REBT, existential therapy, CBT, and expressive art therapy.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and literature. As my psychology classes continued, my hunger for knowledge grew. I was eager to use my heart for people for a greater purpose. After CCU, I worked at a local elementary school, assisting in the Affective Needs program. It was here that I found a passion for working with children.
I continued my education at Denver Seminary and received my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health in 2020. During this time, I worked at Tennyson Center for Children, where I was an in-home therapist for children and families. To provide continuity of care for clients suffering from high levels of trauma, I was trained in various trauma and crisis interventions. My heart has only continued to grow in my love for people and my desire to be an effective and honorable helper in the counseling field.
I love to BAKE all the things! I have a very active and happy little sourdough starter named Polly, who has just recently become my new baking buddy. I also love to paint, read, watch the Great British Bake Off and play at the park with my nephews. My husband and I have an adventurous and cuddly cat named Gryffindor (yep, from Harry Potter) and he is such a ray of sunshine for us. We love to hike, watch movies, and build with our vast collection of LEGO’s, as well as spend time with our families.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable but they’re never weakness” -Brene Brown
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you” Isaiah 43:2
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