Education and Experience
My educational interests and experiences have given me a platform of expertise in social-emotional development across the lifespan, conflict resolution skills, and relationship dynamics. My work is strongly influenced by the latest neuroscience findings, human attachment theory & psychodynamic thinking. In addition, I have extensive training in and utilize Emotionally Focused Therapy, the DIR®/Floortime™ approach and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), all of which emphasize the importance of emotional engagement & attunement in attachment relationships.
Professionally, I am a member of the Advisory Board for Counseling and Family Therapy at the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University, as well as a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, the Colorado Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, the Delta Kappa honor society for Marriage & Family Therapists, the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), registered with the State of Colorado (CO licensure # 0001295).
Your life experiences matter and inform your present & future possibilities. I take a compassionate and respectful view of your internal reality. What is your gut is telling you and what strengths & life learnings have you accumulated? In session, I will join you in understanding your unique perspective on life events, and guide toward underlying meaning and long-term solutions. Together, we will successfully weave together past & present in support of your individual path to a satisfying life.
I believe in the transformational power of the therapeutic relationship and therefore, I believe in the importance of therapist development. My work draws from evidence-based practices that utilize the best available & most recent research and clinical expertise in order to best serve your needs, characteristics, culture, and development.
Why I became a therapist...
Many years ago, as a parent to a medically fragile child, I was deeply reminded that life can take instantaneous turns and threaten one's ability to satisfy the most basic of needs within love, work, and play. Traumatic experiences carry fear and uncertainty, and can lead to relationship conflict, feelings of isolation, persistent anxiety, and/or complex grief.
I understand the tolls of life's adversities, as well as the gifts. As a person in her middle years, in decade 2 of marriage & a practitioner of meditation and yoga for 20+ years, I draw upon my life experiences as well as my professional training when I support a person's healing, self-discovery and growth.