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- life transitions
- interpersonal skills
- identity and self-esteem
- brainspotting trained
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
In this world, we can struggle to find true, authentic, connection. We hide our imperfections and shame, afraid of judgment. But I believe healing happens when we can bring these things into the light and experience empathy and acceptance.
My goal in counseling is to create a sacred space to explore your wounds with kindness and the grace of Christ. To integrate your scars into your story in a healing and healthy way. To move forward in your life and empower you to change the narrative of who you are.
While my approach is client-centered (I believe you are the expert in your own life), I also integrate a directive approach. I utilize evidenced based tools, such as CBT and DBT to help you develop skills and change negative ways of thinking. I incorporate strengths-based approaches, focusing on your gifts and assets, to help you change your perspective to one of empowerment.
What to Expect in Therapy
Our stories can be painful and difficult, but can also be powerful and inspiring. It is through our struggles that we can find strength and meaning. Through exploration, I hope to help you understand the narrative you have created about yourself and the world and empower you to change that narrative.
We will collaborate together to help you determine your goals for counseling. We will explore what is not working in your life and how you would like your life to be different. Setting specific goals helps us be intentional in therapy, focusing on your desired outcomes.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I have always had a passion for psychology and counseling, though it took me many years to pursue it as a career. A variety of education and experiences have brought me to what I consider to be my calling. I was awarded an undergraduate degree in finance from American University, followed by an MBA at University of Georgia. I spent over 10 years working in the corporate world, then pursued a degree in massage therapy. During that time, I got married to my husband Donald (almost 25 years now) and had three children.
After my kids were settled into school, I finally had the courage to go back to school and was drawn to Denver Seminary–I wanted to integrate my faith into my counseling practice. During my time at Denver Seminary, I did my practicum at Denver Family Institute, and my internship at Southeast Christian Counseling. Thanks to my incredibly supportive husband and encouraging kids, I graduated with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health, and I believe I am finally where God called me to be.
Since graduating in May 2019, I have been working at Denver Springs Behavioral Hospital in their outpatient department, doing group therapy for adolescents and adults, specializing with people who struggle with addiction and mental health.
I have lived in various locations (over 13 different states) and experienced many cultures from Panama, Central America to Dublin, Ireland. I’ve lived in Denver now for almost 12 years, and it’s where I call home. Needless to say, I love experiencing new places and people and appreciate different cultures and perspectives.
While I grew up Presbyterian, I did not begin a relationship with the Lord until my early 20s and it wasn’t until I was re-baptized in my 40s that I truly knew a relationship with Christ. This transformative event has driven my approach to counseling.
My interests include sports (especially tennis), hiking, reading, cooking, and most passionately board games. Most nights you can find me playing rummy, gin, cribbage, hearts, boggle, scrabble, or ping pong (I know that’s not a board game, but fun nonetheless). My husband and I even participate in a monthly Euchre tournament.
“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.”