How I Work
Neuroscience and Spirituality are in agreement. You are wired to transform and grow. Of course life happens, but if you are feeling stuck, lonely, anxious or depressed, there may be blocks to be acknowledged, understood and worked through. In sessions together, I will guide us to listen to what your gut is telling you, build upon your strengths, and process 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. In fact, all profound change & development 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 with you about how you are receiving me. How do you feel about what you just shared? We will stay in-tune, fix when we're not, and co-create the connection that serves you.
Know that I will tailor my work with you, based upon your individual needs, characteristics, and culture, because while we all have the same basic wiring, we're not the same. Life transitions, anxiety, depression, chronic illness/disability, parenting issues, and grief show up differently for different people.
And lastly, being skillful and being me are equally important to how I work. I seek out the best and most skilled clinicians & theorists in the field to learn from, and I stay true to myself in the process. The result is very effective therapy within a safe and genuine relationship.
Education and Experience
My educational interests & 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 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.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), registered with the State of Colorado (CO licensure # 0001295).
What I Know
Many years ago, as a parent to a medically fragile child, I was deeply reminded that life takes instantaneous turns and can 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.