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children with disabilities (autism, ADHD, etc.)
adults with disabilities
- adults (18+)
- teens (14-17)
- preteens (11-13)
- older children (8-10)
- young children (5-7)
- toddlers (2-4)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
Therapy invites every feeling and emotion. Every person has their own unique story that weaves the threads of their life together. These threads consist of all colors, sizes, and lengths and represent the high highs and the low lows of your journey. The feelings that you feel are there for a reason and may not leave room for healing in your everyday life until you understand their roots and how they affect your body. My part, as your therapist, is to encourage you to pull out each of these emotions and threads and help you examine them for what they are with no judgment or bias. I want to honor your experiences and create a safe and emboldening place for you to find power and purpose in the ways God has made you.
When working with children I take a similar approach. I work with children by taking a step into their world and engaging in play. When children play they create their own world and express feelings and experiences through their play. The hopes and dreams of a child can come out in play, but also their deep-rooted fears and sadness. Children are sometimes overlooked by adults and I want each of my child and adolescent clients to know that their opinions, feelings, and beliefs are valuable to me.
What to Expect in Therapy
I want you to feel welcome when you walk into our counseling sessions. A welcoming space to me looks like a space that is safe, accepting, and nurturing. Each piece of you and your story matters and we will walk step by step at your pace through this process. One of the most courageous things you will do in this process is happening right now: you are looking for help.
Some parts of your story may feel terrifying and you have pushed them away for so long, but in this space I want you to feel comfortable to slowly unpack these parts. The therapy process is not a 6-week quick-fix prescription, instead, the process can be as long as is needed for your individual story. Healing can feel like a long, arduous process, but I promise the results of being a more fulfilled and self-aware person is worth it.
Before we begin diving into your story, we will take time to answer your questions and allow you to decide if I am the right fit for you. We will work on getting to know each other and creating goals for therapy. After the initial few sessions, you and I will begin the work of bringing you closer to the person you want to be and finding healing in your story.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I have enjoyed working with children my entire life and in high school, I developed a passion for working with children with disabilities. I have a bachelor’s degree in special education and psychology. I worked in a middle school in Douglas County for two years as a special education teacher. I realized in my interactions with my students that many children are struggling in school because they are missing the foundations of belonging, stability at home, and love. I wanted to focus more on helping my students develop their sense of self and learn their worth, rather than teaching them the math curriculum.
My experience in special education and my own experience in therapy have led me to this place. I will be graduating from Denver Seminary’s program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2023. Finding students’ (clients’) strengths, building authentic relationships, and bonding with hurting individuals have always been a priority for me in my work and personal life. I love hearing peoples’ stories and journeying with them through the most vulnerable spaces of their heart to find true healing.
I have also worked with adults and couples in my practicum experiences and love participating in counseling relationships with people in every stage of life. In whatever season you find yourself in, I want to partner with you in your healing journey to find fulfillment and wholeness, no matter what that means to you.
My biggest joys in life come from spending time outside. I love to ride my bike, go rock climbing, and hike. Sometimes these activities fulfill my introverted needs, but I also equally enjoy doing these hobbies with the people I love.
My husband and I have been married for just over a year and love building LEGOs together and watching movies and shows, like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Parks and Rec. We also just embarked on the new journey of getting a puppy. Our little guy, Dover, is a Golden Retriever Mix and is only 4 months old. He is a loving and cuddly pup and we can’t wait to take him hiking and camping with us soon.
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“For the mountains may be removed, and the hills may shake, But My favor will not be removed from you, Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you.”
Isaiah 54:10 NASB