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M.A.- Level Intern
- women’s issues
- athlete performance
- sexual issues
- interpersonal/communication issues
- life transitions
- spiritual direction
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I approach therapy with you in the driver’s seat deciding which outcome is best for you. Sometimes we need help finding that outcome. I am passionate about helping my clients navigate their journey toward healing and growth. I believe in creating a non-judgmental, safe space for all people to process their innermost desires and struggles.
Therapy is not a one-size fits all approach. A style that works for one might not work for another. I strive to implement beneficial tools that you can personalize in your time both in and outside of session.
As a prior strength and conditioning coach, I understand the demands that come with being an athlete. The world of athletics is a different dimension. Athletes still face human struggles such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety because they are human first. I believe that mental health in athletics is lacking, and I am here to help change that.
In addition to working with athletes, I enjoy helping children express and process their emotions, fears, and anxieties through creative play and polyvagal techniques. Children and adolescents are some of the world’s biggest teachers when it comes to emotional processing and regulation. They are phenomenal at raw expression. In Luke, Jesus embraces children with all of their messiness, disorganization, and innocence. I find joy in the innocence and chaos of childhood and embrace children as they are.
What to Expect in Therapy
Therapy might seem scary, uncomfortable, even weird at first and that’s okay! I will never force you to share something you are not comfortable sharing. There is no judgment from me. Life is hard, chaotic, and messy, and I am grateful I can be a part of this season of your life.
You control how fast or slow we go in your journey. Sharing parts of you that you have potentially never sat with can bring up a variety of thoughts and feelings. I am here to help you process those thoughts and feelings from a non-judgmental, safe, and accepting place. Henry Cloud talks on grace, truth, and time in his book Changes that Heal. To grow, we must have grace, truth, and allow ourselves time to process.
Our first few sessions will include getting to know one another, developing goals, answering any questions you may have, and building a therapeutic relationship with a foundation of safety and trust. When you are ready, we can then dive into what is most important for you to explore in our sessions.
I don’t give advice. Within each one of us resides the answer that best fits what God has planned for us. As we go along the journey, I will help to encourage the process of finding that answer.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I’ve always known that I am called to help others, but I didn’t listen to that calling until adulthood. I knew I felt at home building relationships with those I interacted with. During a mission trip working in the redlight district of Thailand, I realized I wasn’t on the right career path as a culinary student. I prayed for guidance and the only answer I could fall back on was that I loved God and I loved people. Fast forward over ten years later and I’ve put the pieces together that have led to becoming a counselor.
Life is challenging and I’ve experienced many challenges firsthand. Each personal situation has allowed me to pour into others and help guide them through similar experiences. I have held many relationally-oriented jobs and careers prior to counseling. From my time as a camp counselor, working with inner city youth, and missions in Thailand as an undergraduate to postgraduate careers of academic advising and strength and conditioning coaching. These roles have shown me the importance of being a helping hand in someone’s life through difficult and uncertain times.
I am currently finishing my Master of Arts in Counseling. I recently worked with mandated substance abuse and domestic violence perpetrators as well as adolescent trauma survivors during my practicum at Christian Counseling Professionals where I was reassured of my passion: I love God and I love people. I am so grateful to be living out this passion, and I find joy in the continual process of growth to help others find peace and freedom in their lives.
I love all things sports (go Broncos!). I believe mind, body, and spirit are integral in my work as a therapist as well as in my own self-care. I practice Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoy strength and conditioning training. I’m a hobbyist snowboarder and Peloton enthusiast. I love anything outdoors such as camping, hiking, or fishing. I love trying new things and strive to get comfortable with the uncomfortable (like letting go of a rock wall to belay down at the top for the very first time).
I am married with three wild and crazy children. We transitioned from NM to CO to be near my family, and we are so excited to start our new adventures. We love good food (we’ll miss the green chile), enjoying various physical activities as a family, and Friday movie nights with extra cheesy pizza, popcorn, candy, and ice cream.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“Take up some space.” – Previous Client
“A compassionate state of mind brings inner peace, and therefore a healthier body” – Dalai Lama