Provider type: Therapist
Serving: Adolescent (Ages 18+), Adult
Family and friends say I am one of those “lucky people” who has always known what she wanted to do. My relationship with several outstanding counselors in high school reinforced my decision to enter the counseling profession. I have now worked in the counseling field for over two decades, where the most important part of my work continues to be the therapeutic relationship: I love connecting with clients. Witnessing joys, struggles, and healing is a privilege. I feel truly blessed to do this work. With a strong belief that people need different things from therapy at different points in their lives, my clinical approach varies. I practice Solution Focused/Brief therapy, talk therapy, as well as trauma-focused approaches. I meet with some clients a handful of times and have long-term relationships with others. I have a clinical background in crisis intervention, trauma, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, domestic violence, chronic pain, chronic illness, life transitions, relationship issues, and more. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing and EMDR Therapy, so I can also help with any traumas that may be impacting your everyday life. I received my Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999, while simultaneously working as a volunteer counselor at the Crisis Center, Inc. I was ultimately hired as an employee by this non-profit agency and this work provided a strong background working with trauma survivors. I also found training volunteer counselors very rewarding. My life’s journey led me to Austin in 2002, where I continued to work in the counseling profession at Travis County Counseling and Education Services. Working there allowed me to gain a great deal of experience with those struggling with substance abuse and violence in relationships. I also gained clinical supervisory experience. In 2006, I transitioned to the field of pain management and behavioral medical consulting. I love this multi-disciplinary approach, truly believing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are equally important. This specialty allowed me to work in a medical setting and, eventually, full time-private practice. This specialty also allowed me to do pre-surgical evaluations, as well as opioid clearance for referring physicians. Personal circumstances have now steered me to Fort Collins. I look forward to bringing my experience to this therapeutic community.My goals are to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for exploration, help my clients through sometimes-difficult circumstances, and make their lives healthier and happier.