Education and Experience
My educational interests and experiences give me a platform of expertise in social-emotional development across the lifespan, conflict resolution skills, and relationship patterns. My work is strongly influenced by the latest neuroscience findings, human attachment theory & psychodynamic thinking. In addition, I have extensive education in and heavily draw 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 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 reality, internally and externally. 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. I am not a "relationship center" whose aim can be marketing & profits over positive results. I am an individual professional, dedicated to my clients' needs, characteristics, culture, and development... and invested in utilizing the most current & best available science-based approaches.
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.