How I Work
You are neurologically wired to transform. Feeling stuck, lonely, anxious or depressed signals us to acknowledge, understand and work through what is in your way. I will guide the process to build upon your strengths, listen to what your gut is telling you, and address difficult and painful experiences when needed. We will understand your inner world, enable guidance to emerge, and plan good actions.
You are also wired to connect. All profound change & development in life happens in the context of an emotional relationship, and I view our therapeutic relationship as a healing vehicle. In sessions together, you will find me checking in - How do you feel about what you just shared? We will stay in-tune, fix when we're not, and co-create a connection that serves you.
Lastly, being skillful and being authentic are equally important. No one-size-fits-all therapy here. I focus on you as an individual and integrate the most effective and advanced approaches in service to you & your sense of self. New science integrated with genuineness creates safety and produces positive results.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), registered with the State of Colorado (CO licensure # 0001295).
Education and Experience
I have a Masters in Couple and Family Therapy. My educational interests & experiences give me a platform of expertise in social-emotional development, conflict resolution skills, and relationship patterns. I am strongly influenced by the latest neuroscience findings, human attachment theory & psychodynamic thinking. In addition, I have extensive education in and draw heavily from Emotionally Focused Therapy, the DIR®/Floortime™ approach and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), all of which emphasize the importance of emotional engagement & attunement in 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 International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the AEDP Institute, and the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.
What I Know
Many years ago, as a parent to a medically fragile child, I learned 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 25 years, I draw upon my life experiences as well as my work with hundreds of individuals, couples and families when I support a person's healing, self-discovery and growth.