Whether you are simply adjusting to a new or difficult situation or have felt trapped in a cycle of painful emotions for years, it is my belief that each person harbors the tools they need and the ability to heal from within. My goal in working with you or your child is to foster a warm and trusting environment in which you can feel comfortable to identify, explore, and overcome obstacles that may be inhibiting you from living the life to the fullest. It is my role to walk alongside you in your unique journey in uncovering your innate strengths and learning tools to navigate these issues, restore ideal functioning, and ideally live a more meaningful life.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I received my undergraduate degree in Communication from University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2011 and then earned my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from University of Colorado, Denver in 2016.
I have over 4 years of experience in the clinical mental health field and have provided trauma-informed counseling to adults, adolescents, children, and families struggling with a variety of mental health issues. I have provided counseling in a variety of settings including adolescent residential treatment, community mental health, in-home therapy, experiential therapy (i.e. rock climbing, equine, experiential movement), outpatient, and hospital crisis stabilization.
I am fluid in multiple treatment modalities, but primarily utilize a mindfulness orientation called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Rather than viewing painful thoughts, experiences, and memories we may experience as the source of mental suffering, this orientation suggests that it is our internal responses to these events that create strife. Unlike many other therapeutic orientations, ACT is not about “getting rid of” or controlling unwanted or uncomfortable feelings; it is about learning to accept (rather than challenge or bury) the multitude of experiences, thoughts, and feelings we experience in life, to clarify what is most meaningful to us, and to commit to taking action that improves and enriches our lives.
It is my belief that by becoming more psychologically flexible, it is possible to shift from simply “surviving” to living a more meaningful life and thriving.