I use metaphors and bizarre analogies. A lot. I quote movies and musicians in session. I am endearingly awkward at times (or at least that's what people tell me, and I like to believe it).
I was born and raised here in beautiful Colorado. When it came time to go to college, I went East, trying to get as far away from home as I could. I was on a mission to find myself and not have my identity clouded by being near family or anyone familiar. I attended Goucher College, just outside of Baltimore, MD, where I graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Shortly after I graduated, I decided it was time to come back to my roots...I wanted to face the struggles of my past, rather than run from them, and it was the best decision I ever made (for what it's worth, this is also how I work with clients. I think we can truly only go forward once we've conquered our past).
I ‘came out’ to my family and friends when I was 16, one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Although it was met with relative acceptance, I still struggled with my identity for many years after that. I never felt like I “fit in” to society. I wasn’t happy with myself… I struggled with my weight and overall appearance. I tried for many years to be someone that I assumed everyone else wanted me to be. It took quite a bit of soul searching to figure out who I wanted to be, and even more courage to become that person.
Tattoos adorn my skin, and I use them as a reminder of who I am and the emotional journeys I’ve been on. I’m sometimes met with criticism or a sense of nervousness about my professionalism due to my appearance, but I fight beyond the stereotypes of what a “professional” should look like, because I believe that my authenticity, more than my degree or credentials (both of which I have and am proud of), is what makes me unique and successful. In fact, recently I was voted top three therapist in Denver--a huge personal accomplishment and one that I'm extremely proud of. I currently live in Stapleton with my partner and two young children.