Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Strengths-based
I have been passionate about helping those suffering with the impact of life's challenges for over 20 years. I have worked in a psychiatric hospital, an intensive outpatient facility, in various schools, a non-profit agency for foster children, and maintained a private practice for over 10 years. I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Compassion Focused therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction therapy to help people transform their wounds into wisdom so they can live lives of hope, courage, and freedom.
I specialize in therapy focused on recovering from addictions, various traumas such as childhood trauma, religious trauma, and relationship trauma in addition to alleviating anxiety and depression. My past clients have expressed an appreciation for my unconditional acceptance and compassionate approach that propels them into a state of healing and growth. I am dedicated to being your safe and approachable guide through your healing journey so you can heal from your past and live the fulfilling life you are meant to live.
MA - Community Counseling, University of Northern Colorado
MS - Nutrition and Integrative Health, Maryland University of Integrative Health
It all started with the movie "Sybil" starring Sally Field. This sparked my interest in mental health/illness and the complexities of the human psyche. I also had the opportunity as a child to help the underserved, which ignited a passion for helping others that could not be ignored. I currently feel very blessed to do the healing work I perform daily and to connect with so many courageous and inspirational survivors/thrivers.
Most activities outdoors are very enticing to me. I love a long hike in the mountains, kayaking on a lake, biking around town or on a trail, and snowshoeing in the winter. Thus, any activity that promotes preserving the outdoors is usually of interest to me as well. Furthermore, I also love to bake and make crafts with my daughter and to snuggle up with a good book. Finally, I am a bit odd (in many ways I suppose) in that I find great satisfaction in organizing anything and everything!
Movement is critical for my mental health and emotional well-being. At minimum, I take a lengthy walk each day, but I prefer a nice workout that releases my stress and anxiety. I find taking time for yoga several times a week is also beneficial for clearing my mind.
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. I actually named my daughter after the author. I appreciate the poignant representation of racial segregation at the time and how one man went agains the societal norms at the time to advocate for the life of a wrongfully accused man of color. Even though there are parts of the book that make me cringe due to the racially derogatory terms, I also recognize it is an unfortunate reality of the times (and sadly continues in other forms to this day).
We had a standard poodle for 12 years named Lexi that we received from a rescue. She was the most wonderful loving dog that a person could have (and she could be a little stinker too!) She was the best big sister to my daughter and would always attempt to comfort my daughter when she was upset/crying. Poodles are greatly misunderstood and misrepresented, but any poodle owner will tell you they are the most loving brilliant dogs a person can own (yes, I'm biased!).
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