- church hurt
- life transitions
- Trauma-informed therapist (childhood trauma, PTSD)
- Brainspotting trained
- young adult counseling
- eating disorders/body image
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I utilize an integrative approach, applying an empathic and genuine relationship between you, the client, and I, the therapist, as a foundation to explore and identify challenges and disruptions within your best-lived life (Jn. 10:10). Then we partner to work through the hurts or misleadings, identifying tools and strategies from the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth and using evidence-based treatment strategies to help you understand, heal, overcome, and thrive.
What to Expect in Therapy
You can expect to know you’re not doing this alone. You can expect questions without right/wrong answers, or maybe some silence as I seek to hear you, to understand you, to support you, to encourage you, to advocate for you, to reinforce you, and at times challenge you. Change is hard. Considering change is hard. I also look for opportunities to laugh—you can laugh with me or laugh at me, or we can do both! I strive to provide a healing and supportive presence while we figure it out, together.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I spent the majority of my young adult life engaged in a myriad of roles in youth and music ministry for youth camps and churches. It was the relationships, experiences, and opportunities though those years that honed my heart toward settling in as a Christian counselor. I graduated from Denver Seminary in 2011 with a Master’s of Arts in Community Counseling and I have spent the last 12 years working with children, adolescents, and young adults at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute through Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado. Working with young people has kept me young and feeds my ability to support the younger generation through the complexities and challenges of today’s experience. I aim to provide space for developing a non-judgmental, gracious, and safe opportunity to be authentic.
Getting out and enjoying God’s creation is essential for my spirit, yet only second to time spent with my family. I’ve been blessed to experience and continue to enjoy many outdoor activities from skiing and hiking the mountains to surfing and scuba diving the oceans. My favorite travels are to the Caribbean and my goal is to return as often as possible. Bike rides with my daughters are often the highlight of my week. I still have an affinity for movies, sports (Iowa Hawkeye football), and video games in my old age, but most often can be found reading, researching, or listening to podcasts (philosophy, psychology, archeology/history, theology, technology). I always have music playing and occasionally tinker on the guitar, as well.
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr. Seuss
“We’re all just walking each other home.” – Ram Dass
“Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love.” – Philip Yancey
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