What to expect when starting therapy...
I work with people to help them better understand the experiences that have shaped their present difficulties. I want to really know the person seated before me. One of the negative impacts of traumatic stress is that it causes people to develop narrow and limiting views of themselves and the world. This causes unnecessary suffering and keeps them from living to their full potential. My role is to provide a safe, non-judgmental and supportive space in which you feel accepted and empowered to make wise choices that promote your health and happiness.
Together, we will identify the past event(s) that may be contributing to the present problem; the present situations that cause distress; and the key skills that are needed to improve overall well-being.
One goal of psychotherapy is to guide you towards understanding and perspectives that will lead to healthy behaviors and improved interactions. Together, we will explore what works best for you. I will always respect your boundaries and your pacing. I will explain every step of the way: what we are doing and ‘the why’ behind how it helps. This respectful and holistic approach ensures my clients feel safe, nurtured and in control. Clients develop greater resiliency and are empowered to overcome adversity. They experience positive changes in their relationship to themselves, an increased sense of self-efficacy, and improved relationships with others.
Depending on the challenges a client is facing, I integrate various modalities of therapy such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotional efficacy and exposure therapy, motivational interviewing, depth/narrative approaches, art therapy and therapeutic journaling. I often utilize mindfulness techniques and body-based interventions, such as visualization and tapping, for emotional regulation. Learning these tools is an important aid for anyone. The happiest people on the planet have healthy and sustainable ways of relaxing themselves, to decompress from stress and emotional turmoil.
Sessions are $135 and approximately 50 minutes in length.
I accept a limited number of individuals who are eligible for services through the 20th Judicial Victim's Compensation Fund. If you are a victim of a crime that took place in Boulder County, please first contact the District Attorney's office for eligibility and approval.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive;
and to do so with some passion, some compassion,
some humor and some style.
- Maya Angelou
I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and a licensed-addiction counselor (LAC) in Colorado. I received my master's degree in counseling from Regis University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Before moving to the private sector, I worked in the criminal justice system in various roles over a span of fifteen years. I was a victim's advocate; a restorative justice program facilitator; a jail-based behavioral health specialist, and a drug-court treatment provider for high-risk DUI offenders. I also work as a EMDR/trauma therapist for an in-patient drug rehab facility.
I began working with veterans during my career in corrections and law enforcement. In response to the devastating mental health crisis many vets face today, I volunteer as a Give-An-Hour provider. GiveAnHour matches military personnel and their spouses with licensed mental health professionals providing services to them pro bono.
I like to bring humor and play into everything I do. I love art, music, good movies and well-written memoirs. I like to spend time outdoors and take road trips to the national parks. When not off on adventure, I can be found walking my dog, knitting or with my nose in a book.