I am a warm and compassionate listener (with a great sense of humor!), and I genuinely want to get to know you. I want to understand where you have been in life, where you are now, where you want to go, and what will fuel you as you head in that direction.
I can help you to stay connected (or re-connect) with what’s RIGHT with you when perhaps depression, anxiety, grief, traumatic experiences, health issues, or other stressors have been keeping your focus on what’s “wrong.”
Therapy with me is a collaborative experience. You bring your hopes, dreams, strengths, and challenges. I’ll bring my optimism, energy, experience, and creativity. Together we will actively participate in a process that will help you to discover and practice your own unique strategies for handling the difficulties you may be facing, while staying engaged with what’s important to you.
My professional specialties include grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, coping with chronic and life-limiting illness, anticipatory grief, caregiver stress, and end-of-life issues. I have experience with people of all ages, but am currently not available to see clients younger than 12.
I see clients from a holistic perspective. I draw from a variety of modalities, based on my client's needs and preferences, including: CBT, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, Family Systems, Systemic Constellations, dreamwork, ACT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. I also enjoy offering interventions using art materials, writing, poetry, music, and nature experiences.
I have worked in the hospice field since 1995, holding positions as a Hospice Social Worker, Palliative Care Social Worker, and Child/Family Grief Counselor. As a Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker, I have provided counseling and support to people with life limiting and chronic illnesses and their families in their homes. As a Grief Counselor, I have provided individual and family grief counseling, facilitated grief support groups for children, parents, and adults, and provided training and clinical supervision for graduate students, volunteers, and other professionals. From 2014 to 2016, I worked for Mental Health Partners (Boulder). As a member of their Integrated Services Team, I provided psychotherapy at the offices of primary care physicians in the SCL Health System. I began my part-time private psychotherapy practice in 2003.
I earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Cleveland State University (1995) and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver (1999). I received two years in post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Family Therapy Training Center of Colorado (now known as Denver Family Institute). I have additional training in Grief & Loss (Center for Loss and Life Transition) and Experiential Play Therapy (Family Psychological Services). I have studied Systemic Family Constellations, holistic health practices, and mindfulness/meditation for several years. In 2010, I completed a year-long program with the Animas Valley Institute—Cultivating Soul-Infused Artistry and Leadership in a Time of Global Change. I have been studying Somatic Experiencing since 2014 and am currently an Advanced Student working towards certification.