Are you there for everybody else? I am here for you!
Specialties include: Adults & Young Adults– Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Stress & Conflict, PTSD, Divorce Recovery, Compassion Fatigue, Workplace Dissatisfaction, and Life Transitions. I utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and teach practical ways to build self-confidence, increase coping skills, and improve interpersonal relationships.
I return calls within 12 hours, emails and texts sooner. I offer a collaborative approach to finding solutions and supporting clients to help improve your professional and personal life.
Individuals may be coping with their own feelings after struggling with ongoing stress, life-changing events, family or other conflict, workplace dissatisfaction, or exposure to trauma directly or indirectly. These may also include those who serve others and find themselves struggling with their sense of purpose and work dissatisfaction. Furthermore, clients may desire to improve self-confidence, build self-esteem, set healthy boundaries, improving communication, regulate intense emotions, and more.
Symptoms I can help with
Depressive Symptoms – loss of energy, motivation loss, loss of hope
Lack of concentration
Increased conflict with others
Loss of empathy/burn out
Anger and frustration
I collaborate with other local professionals to offer on-site retreats and workshops. Workshops help teach creative and practical tools to manage the impact of ongoing stress and interpersonal conflict. Trainings include tools to prevent burn out, build support systems, and increase healthy ways to improve resiliency. Workshops emphasize a strength-based approach, education, and opportunities to process.
“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
The Heart of Me and My Journey to Healing
I experienced many painful events from early childhood and later as an adult. This journey inspired me to become a therapist. I wish I had the opportunity as a teen to deal with grief, high family conflict, and much more. I am so grateful now for the healing I have been able to encounter in therapy years after the fact. My commitment is to help others overcome with support and validation.
It took me years to let go of my pride and reach out for professional help over 14 years ago. It was not until I was drowning myself after many mistakes, a failed business, failed marriage, and challenges of single parenting that I realized my emotions seemed more in control of me then I over them. I had no idea that anxiety and not working through my own “stuff” had been keeping me from breaking free of my own fears and I was stuck in unhealthy relationship patterns. My journey into counseling with an amazing psychotherapist brought me through with a sense of strength, resiliency, and resolve to help others reach their own place of healing and restoration. It is a continuous path I travel. I believe that living is a life-long journey of learning. I will not pretend to know it all, but I am passionate about exploring your knowledge and sharing mine with you. If I don’t have the information you need, I will work diligently to find it or connect you with someone that does.
My post and pre-graduate experience add up to approximately 20 years in assisting families to connect and heal. I utilize client-centered, realistic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, creative, exploring roots of behaviors, and trauma-informed practices. I work directly with families to manage emotional and behavioral challenges. My experience includes directly helping trauma survivors as well as helping professionals with workplace stress and secondary trauma. I have worked closely with teens and adults struggling with anxiety, self-harm, depression, and anger issues. My dedication is to create an environment for healing, recovery, and self exploration. I offer practical and creative solutions customized to meet your needs.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and an active member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. I have 6+ years experience and certification in the use of Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidence-based approach at building relationships, improving communications, and building practical life skills. I am a graduate of Regis University (2010) with a Masters in Counseling. I graduated in 1995 with a BA in Sociology from CU Boulder with a concentration in Criminology.
On a personal note, I raised 2 children who are now young adults. I have experienced first hand the struggles of divorce recovery, co-parenting, business ownership, and understand the importance of balancing personal and professional worlds. My favorite activities include basketball, racquetball, swimming, sketching, painting, walking my dog, watching comedy movies, and reading.
Why do you see images of dragonflies throughout my site?
Dragonflies symbolize that anything is possible. The dragonfly represents strength, joy and bravery. The dragonfly spiritually has been known to represent the stripping away of negativity that holds us back, helping us to achieve our dreams and goals. Dragonflies are the guardians of dreams, holding strength and vitality deep within that sees all of our true potential and ability. Dragonflies help us on the path of discovery and enlightenment through spirituality and creativity.
(Definition resource: google definition of dragonfly meaning)