Licensed Professional Counselor (MA, LPC)
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I am so grateful that I found my way into the vocation of being a therapist. It’s an honor for me to be a part of people’s lives in this way. Supporting individuals and families (and the larger communities that they touch) to trust in their inherent wellness — and to thrive — is, for me, not so much a job, but rather an inspiring privilege.
It means a lot to me to keep all the work I do with people as “client-centered” as possible. This means that my primary job as your therapist is to learn the perspectives and values and style of communication that you bring to the therapeutic process and to allow those things to guide our work together. This client-centered approach, combined with a “strengths-based” philosophy — like Jon Kabat-Zinn said, “If you are breathing, there is a lot more right with you than wrong with you.” — has continually helped me and the clients I’ve worked with to cut through confusion about life and to be more at peace with ourselves and the world.
Here’s a little bit on my professional background: Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as an Outward Bound wilderness educator, specializing in work with grieving teens and with women’s empowerment programs. I also formerly worked as a victim’s advocate for a victims advocacy non-profit agency. Following this, I earned my Master’s degree in clinical counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. I have had excellent “on-the ground” training from my clients, who have been, by far and away, the best teachers, as well continued formal education in a range of speciality areas.
I received my Registered Yoga Teacher certification through The Integrative Yoga Therapy training program, as well as training from The University of California San Diego as an instructor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and am a longtime practitioner of mindfulness meditation. I have taught meditation and therapeutic yoga to groups and individuals throughout most of my almost decade long career as a therapist. Additionally I am trained in EMDR, and The Social Resilience Model (a neurologically- and mindfulness-based approach to working with trauma and other types of anxiety).
Another particular passion of mine is working with attachment-related concerns with couples or with individuals dealing with relationship issues or stressors. I have completed an externship and the Core Skills training for Emotionally-Focused Therapy for couples, and some training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals. I have found that with an attachment-based lens provides a tremendous amount of clarity to the counseling process.
Additionally, I have a strong background in “culturally-conscious” counseling. One of my primary areas of specialization is working with particular cultural needs. I believe that the cultures that we come from, as well as the cultural choices that we make in life, effect every part of our experience and so our cultural needs must be well attended to in a counseling relationship. This area is another example in which my clients have always been and will continue to be my most important teachers. I look forward to being able to support you to construct a therapeutic experience that is a good “fit” for you.
As I said above, I love this work very much, so thank you in advance for considering putting your trust in me. I look forward to getting to know you.