STEP 1: Find Your Counselor > STEP 2: Schedule an Appointment > STEP 3: Experience Life Change
- childhood trauma
- play therapy
- life transitions
- interpersonal relationship issues
- body image
- resiliency through trauma
- conflict resolution
- leadership in life and career based leadership
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop.” –Confucius
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
Therapy is truly one of the most unique experiences we can have as human beings. Within each session, it is my privilege to listen and engage with you as you trust me with your thoughts. Sessions are a judgment free zone, no matter the circumstance or situation. My role is to listen to you as we interact in a safe space, where I hope you feel you can authentically come as you are.
My approach to therapy is highly collaborative, meaning that you and I will actively work together to discuss what treatment plans will help you address your needs. I find that checking in to see how you’re feeling throughout our sessions can be valuable. Often, we may feel an emotion physically before we even realize it is there mentally. By checking in, it is my hope that you feel as comfortable as possible, even in difficult moments.
I am honored to walk through this journey with you. As we enter into this therapeutic relationship, we may encounter tough memories or even moments that make you laugh. These varying emotions are a part of why I love this field so much as God created every emotion to serve a purpose in sharing our stories.
What to Expect in Therapy
As our journey begins, it’s okay if you don’t know where to start. The first and most important step in your healing is showing up! I can help you take it from there. In our first few sessions, we will spend some time exploring what brings you to therapy and answering any questions you may have. Every individual is different and therefore no treatment plan is the same. My approach incorporates many aspects of your wellbeing such as your emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental health.
During our sessions, we will adapt to whatever you need at that moment. This might look like prayer, breath work, or prayerful meditation, should you feel comfortable. I often find that by calming our bodies physically, we are able to calm our minds and have a clearer image of the topics you want to cover in our time together.
Most of all, I want you to feel like you can share with me your most authentic self. I hope you leave our sessions feeling encouraged! As Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
Personal Qualifications and Experience
From the age of 17, I knew I wanted to be a counselor. I took an AP psychology course and committed my life to helping others. Therapy has helped me heal from many challenges, and I knew the greatest honor of my life could be helping others do the same.
I began my psychology degree at Abilene Christian University in Texas and later transferred to Colorado State University where I completed my degree in psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Counseling. I began my Masters at Colorado Christian University and will be graduating in 2022.
Most of my counseling experience has been working with children and families from various backgrounds. I have worked with children who experienced sexual abuse or trauma, families who endured poverty, and families who immigrated to the United States.
One of my biggest passions is connecting with individuals from other countries (who may not speak English) and hearing about their journey of resiliency in traveling to America. One of my current jobs is working for Head Start in Aurora, Colorado. There, we serve families who qualify for early childhood education based on a variety of hardships such as disability, foster care, poverty, and/or homelessness.
My family and friends call me a jack of all trades, but I just say I like to have a lot of tools in my belt! While I love pursuing my licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am also a licensed esthetician. I love the overlap of mindfulness based approaches in both esthetics and therapy (and one day hope to combine the two). Don’t worry though, we won’t be having any facial massage or skin care in our time together!
In my free time, I enjoy fly fishing the beautiful rivers of Colorado with my husband and our two dogs. My husband and I recently got married and we actually went fly fishing in the river, in our wedding attire. Let’s just say, the pictures were worth it but my dress will never recover! It is in nature, when fishing, that I feel closest to God. I often take my Bible to the river to have some quiet time.
“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.”
– Lisa Olivera