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M.A., LPC, NCC
- adults (18+)
- seniors (65+)
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
There are times when we can feel anxious, depressed, stuck or lost in our personal lives, our relationships, or in our careers. Therapy can help you gain clarity and self understanding that will allow you to overcome obstacles and change long-standing thought and behavioral patterns that no longer fit for you. Therapy can support you to grow and live more fully, reduce stress or anxiety, and find new ways to cope with major life transitions in a powerful new way.
My passion is helping individuals, couples, and children find their voice to deepen intimate knowledge and create positive connections and relationships both within themselves and with others.
What to Expect in Therapy
I combine training in psychotherapy and spirituality to bring a unique style to therapy sessions. I have committed my life to the quieting of the mind, developing deeper spiritual connection, and gathering understanding and knowledge through continuous education and trainings, prayer, and living with authenticity (which often means falling down, dusting myself off, and learning from my mistakes). I believe you can never say two things too often: “I am sorry, please forgive me,” and “I love you.”
I am trained as an EMDR and trauma resolution therapist, as well as play and sand tray therapy. I have found EMDR Therapy, when clinically appropriate, very helpful in areas such as trauma, grief and loss, self esteem, anxiety, and when you “feel stuck.”
(You can find more information on EMDR Therapy HERE)
I see clients of all ages–children, adults, couples and families! I specialize in working with clients who are experiencing life disruptions related to depression and anxiety, major life transitions, trauma (both childhood and adult), body issues and self esteem, substance use, spiritual identity, or grief and loss. I am also trained in body-centered therapies such as yoga and movement.
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I have almost 2 decades worth of experience working with children, individuals and couples struggling through symptoms related to complex trauma, identity issues, women’s domestic violence, life transitions and grief and loss. I have worked in residential and hospital settings, domestic violence shelters, community mental health centers, elementary schools, and as a clinical supervisor.
I graduated from the University of Northern Arizona with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling, and received post graduate training as a Clinical Supervisor, Level II EMDR Therapist. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Arizona State University. I completed post-graduate work at Cornell University in Leadership Psychology and in Systems Change Management.
I am a 7th generation Colorado native! I am happiest outside experiencing nature with my husband and German Shepard Lab mix or cooking for my family and friends. I love creative and non structured painting, interior design, cooking, yoga, and finding new ways to play and connect with my “inner child”.
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“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship” -Louisa May Alcott
“Be still and know that I AM GOD” -Psalm 46:10