I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families for 15 years in a variety of mental health and educational settings with a focus on increasing personal strengths and fostering healthy relationships. I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, parenting, interpersonal struggles and work and career issues.
In working with clients I use cognitive behavioral (CBT), client centered and systems modalities, tailoring treatment to the specific needs of each individual. Therapy is a collaborative effort in which client and therapist work jointly to identify barriers to growth, resolve past traumas and focus on strategies to improve wellness. My approach to counseling is warm, collaborative, supportive and direct. My belief is that every person has the ability to heal, change and grow. A strong therapeutic relationship encourages trust and allows the client and therapist to work equally in a team approach on difficult issues. As part of this process, I work to create tools and coping skills to fit the needs of each unique person using a variety of techniques.
Prior to my therapy work, I have worked with both adults and teenagers in transitional housing. I have over 6 years working with both adolescents and adults in a mental health setting. The individuals within this population struggle with; substance use, depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual orientation, gender identity, body image, eating disorders and more.
While working with a variety of individuals amidst life transitions, depression and anxiety; I enjoy the ability to work collaboratively with clients to find a treatment that is best suited for them. I truly believe each client presented offers a unique experience and treatment should be tailored to fit their needs.
My goal is to provide a place for individuals to feel valued and heard. Acceptance is provided in order for individuals to feel safe vocalizing their struggles and emotions. I practice with sincere, direct and open communication in order to build the therapeutic alliance with each client. This foundation of therapy is what I strive to offer.
I chose this work in order to support each individual on their journey. I am moved by the connection that is formed with each individual in the therapeutic setting. I am privileged to witness and support each client as they begin feel empowered and motivated while growth and change is occurring.
As a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialize in working with couples, families, parent-child relationships, and individuals.
I have always been passionately motivated to pursue a path where I am able to sit with other’s pain, providing the space one needs to find their own inner light. Since I was a little girl I have been constantly evolving into who I am today. The woods in my backyard growing up were a vast, entangled play area where my mind was able to run wildly. It started as a place to pretend and over the years became a sanctuary to meditate in and journal personal thoughts. I believe the place of peace I found in the woods is also that place of peace that can be found in the therapy room. This being said, my style of therapy is very experiential and I choose to work with clients as a whole person. It is my belief that every person can heal and grow through seeing the mind, body, and spirit as one.
I have an extensive and experienced background working as a Youth Treatment Counselor for adolescents and young children under the age of ten. Both populations I worked with were at risk for suicidal ideation, had self-injurious behaviors, struggled with major psychological needs, and endured the discomfort of deep emotional scars that have been imprinted on their lives from traumatic events. Alongside working with at risk youth and children, I have been a nanny with different family systems for eight years. Each family has shown me that when one another are being heard and emotions are validated, everyone has a larger sense of belonging.
I have also worked with individuals who have struggled with depression, loss, low self-esteem, high anxiety, or role confusion through volunteer and mission trips. In this recent year I have started to gain experience working with couples and families as they have encountered challenging life transitions or unknowns of a new directional path.
By more fully loving ourselves and knowing who we are, we can then know how to have better relations with others. Especially those we love. Love for me is the main source of finding unity within oneself and union with another. We are all capable of this discovery.
“For the last several years, I have been working with both adolescents and adults with eating disorders. Through my time spent working with eating disorders in various levels of care, I have come to the knowledge that every disorder is a complex and unique struggle. From this work has developed a deep passion for working with individuals struggling with food addictions, emotional eating, body image, and/or self-esteem. In addition to eating disorders, I have experience running art therapy groups with men struggling with substance abuse as well as adults with varying intellectual disabilities. I have also have worked with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and PTSD.
I understand that each client has unique struggles and needs, therefore I work to incorporate various aspects of healing into my work. In addition to therapy, I am a yoga/meditation instructor and working artist. Upon discussion with clients, I would love to find creative ways to integrate these outlets into therapeutic work because, first and foremost, my hope is to treat the whole person and not just a diagnosis.
Whatever emotional struggle, stressor, or disorder an individual is struggling with I am certain there is a unique approach that will lead to healing.”
During my time working within the human services field I have developed a strong passion for helping those that are feeling stuck . As an aspiring clinician I have had the pleasure of helping people in transition for several years. A large part of my experience stems from working with youth, adults, and families in regards to marital and family issues, career, school, and life cycle transitions. My career path began while pursuing my bachelor’s in psychology at Indiana University Bloomington where I worked within a volunteer setting providing group services to impoverished families. Upon graduation, I became a residential counselor at Turning Point for Youth and Family services where I was able to help teens and young adults struggling with life style transitions, and substance abuse. During this time, I helped clients with basic life skills, career development, and community reintegration. I then went on to accept a position with the Department of Human Services as a kinship case aide, working alongside children and families in order to find suitable placement options within one’s biological kin. After this I had the privilege of beginning to work alongside the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation as a Career Counselor, helping those with barriers to employment secure jobs and gain independence, while also facilitating behavioral adjustment trainings, and life coaching. Over the years these opportunities have allowed me to discover a true passion of mine, providing insightful healing. During sessions I enjoy taking the time to get to know each of my clients on an individual level and believe emotional support and encouragement are integral parts of the healing process. I also believe that some things are learned best through experiences and therefore try and incorporate experiential elements into our therapeutic time together such as role playing, and hands on activities within session as needed. I also often work with behavioral interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical therapy in order to further assist clients and bring awareness to coping methods and thought processes. I also work to help clients identify communication patterns, strengths, and promote unconditional positive regard, and open communication patterns within relational systems. Some of my additional certifications include CPR / First Aid, QMAP, CAC I, and registered psychotherapist with the State of Colorado. Overall, I consider it a privilege to walk alongside others in their journey to obtaining peace and congruence.
I am currently completing student teaching as a Kindergarten teacher at Weber Elementary. I have endorsements in special education, as well as, culturally and linguistically diverse education. I have taught in a classroom for children with autism in Westminster Public School district where I received training in emotional and physical support including sensory interventions for children 4-12 years of age.
I have training in curriculum development for WONDERS, PMI, PSI and Zones of Regulation. I also have training in DIBELS testing and running records for children struggling in literacy. In this practice, I look forward to helping children learn self-regulation in social and emotional situations. Social and emotional self-regulation is important in helping children master new challenges, increase self-esteem and improve pro-social interactions.