Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a therapist. Well, I didn’t know that was an actual job. I just knew I wanted to sit around and talk to people.
As I got older, the pull became even greater. I wanted to know what people were thinking, why they did what they did, why they didn’t do what they said they wanted to do, and why some people were able to bounce back from severe hardship more quickly than others.
I suspect my desire to live in this space first came from losing a sister at such a young age. Earlier than most people, I learned what empathy looked and felt like. I learned the power of listening and holding space for people. And I learned that when you don’t deal with pain, you hold it in the body and it comes out in a variety of negative ways.
Over the past 22 years my time as a social worker, counselor, teacher and therapist has given me the opportunity to work with victims of incest and sexual abuse, those suffering with eating disorders and negative body image, juvenile offenders, college student athletes, career changers, those navigating divorce and loss, people suffering with depression and intense grief, and more.
These days I work from a model called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and I primarily work with women on issues related to eating disorders, negative body image, sexual assault trauma, divorce, grief and major life transitions.
I believe our suffering comes from how we think about our experiences so my goal is to help my clients release habitual thought patterns, create greater psychological flexibility, and reduce the symptoms that take them out of their every day lives so they can live life according to their highest values. A life that is rich, full and meaningful.
My own path taught me that in order to navigate and overcome lifelong depression, heal from an eating disorder that lasted over 30 years, and come back from a terrifying sexual assault, I had to write a new story for my life. And I had to let go of all of habitual actions I kept taking to try and get painful thoughts and feelings out of my life. It wasn’t easy. And it took way longer than I ever imagined. (Mostly because I kept doing the same things to eliminate the pain that may have worked in the short term, but that never lasted long enough so that I could really heal.) But it happened and it was a combination of ACT therapy, writing and mind-body work that allowed me to do it. My mission now is to provide that space for others.
If it’s time for you to try something radically different than you’ve ever tried before and rewrite a new story for your life, I’d love to connect.
Without a doubt, the experiences that inform my work the most have been the time I’ve spent with clients over the past 22 years. I have learned the most from them – more than any degree, license or cert could represent. Having said that, here are some of my formal credentials:
- Registered Psychotherapist (Colorado)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (Colorado)
- M.Ed. Counseling (University of Virginia)
- M.A. Sociology + Criminal Justice Studies (University of Colorado + University of Detroit)
- Post B.A. History and Secondary Education (University of Colorado at Boulder)
- Licensed K-12 School Counselor
- Licensed 7-12 Teacher
- Advanced Certified Professional & Executive Coach (College of Executive Coaching)
- Certified Pivot Method coach
- Certified MBTI administrator
- Certified Professional Behavioral & Values Analyst
- Certificates in General, Restorative Justice and Peer Mediation
- Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate Training | MESA
- ACT Training for Trauma