- church hurt
- interpersonal/communication issues
- life transitions
- men’s issues
- spiritual direction
- women’s issues
- SYMBIS (save your marriage before it starts)
- abusive relationships
- sexual abuse
- phase of life/transition issues
- attachment issues
- self-esteem issues
- first responders and their families
- adults (18+)
- teens (14-17)
- preteens (11-13)
- older children (8-10)
- young children (5-7)
- toddlers (2-4)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
When it comes to therapy, I can’t help but think of is Rebecca Fall’s quote that states “One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another, is to listen to each other’s stories.” I practice a person-centered approach, which means that I, as your therapist, will always honor your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. I believe that we each have our own unique stories, and though the journey of life, I also recognize that things sometimes change. We are human. We struggle, we hurt, and we go through ups as well as downs. Whether it be a significant event that brings you in, a long-standing issue, or something that has just come up in your life where you need that extra support, I will be here with dignity, respect and will always encourage you to participate in our sessions. I want to hear your story. I want to know your point of view and how the world looks to you. I also want you to feel safe to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings freely in an environment that encourages positive change.
Your personal experiences have made you who you are. My goal for you is to become self-aware and become empowered in not only being able to understand yourself better, but to also embrace who you are so that you can move forward in processing thoughts and feelings and become more self-compassionate along the way.
What to Expect in Therapy
First of all, I can’t wait to get to know you. Initially, I would like to know if you have any presenting concerns and a little more about you as an individual. I am big on creating a therapeutic relationship, so that we can build a starting point to work together as we uncover some of the things that you would like to talk about. The one thing that I want is for you to feel comfortable. This means that we can go at your pace as we uncover that unique story of your truest self. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about yourself and how you can be the best version of who you want to be.
You may (or may not) want to incorporate your faith into your sessions. Either way- I support it. Whether it be individual, premarital, couple or family counseling, you can let me know at any point if you would like to integrate Christian perspectives and practices into our sessions, please feel free to let me know, as I would love to get to know your “whole self.” Sometimes, our personal beliefs and values can be embedded in our emotional well-being and can be connected to your healing. I want to meet you where you are at and this can be of your choosing. I promise to care for you no matter where you are on your journey.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I have always been curious about the field of psychology. My own story involves being in counseling myself as a teenager. I was able to find a counselor who helped me embrace my strengths, recognize my worth, and provided me with ways that I can learn to cope and become the best version of myself that I could be. It was a time in my life where I was in search of hope but couldn’t seem to find it. But, I was able to and this sparked a fire in my own heart to be able to help others to do the same thing. In a way, it is my way of paying it forward.
This has led me to working with at risk youth, individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. I have been placed in many roles professionally where I was able to work with people from many different backgrounds, walks of life, ages and lifestyles which has led me to be well rounded, non-biased and accepting.
On a personal note to experience, I would like to add that I am a law enforcement spouse. A lot of what has driven me into this career path is being able to witness many first responders and their families face challenges, and overcome them both in the home, interpersonally and professionally. This has provided me some insight of how much support our first responders, spouses and family members may need when part of a larger family community of service members.
Educationally, I graduated from Regis University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. Currently, I am a graduate student at Liberty University, pursuing my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
I currently reside in Thornton, Colorado with my husband Aaron and two children. Our son, who we affectionately call “Munchie” is 14 years old and our daughter Scarlett is 8 years old. I can’t believe how fast time goes by, so I try to savor all of the time I get with them, taking them to practices, watching them in sports and becoming quite fun, thoughtful and funny people! My happy place involves being with my family. We like to sit outside on the patio and have laughs, lounge around and watch movies, etc. Whenever we are together my heart is whole. I also have a German Shepard and a Basset Hound who are both adorable “good boys.” I love animals and love to hear about other people’s pets as well.
My hobbies include cooking. I used to be a horrible cook. However, over the years (thanks to Pinterest) I have become quite a chef. I love trying out new recipes for my family and friends whenever possible. I also love good novels (mostly thrillers) and find solace in watching the rain- Something so peaceful about it. I also love to fellowship with others and have deep conversations. I think we can always learn so much about ourselves and our outlooks by communicating with others.
“Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.” – Chuck Swindoll
“I have heard your prayers and seen your tears; I will heal you.” -2 Kings 20:5
“Something will grow from all you are going through. And it will be YOU.” -Unknown
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