I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing Individual and Family Psychotherapy. 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.
Having been trained as a Social Worker and Family Therapist, and having worked for many years in the hospice setting, I see clients from a holistic perspective. I use Play Therapy with children, and I enjoy using art, poetry, music, nature, guided imagery, Systemic Constellations, dreamwork, sand tray, mindfulness, body-centered interventions, and other modalities in my work with people of all ages.
I am a client-centered therapist with a genuine care for and curiosity about each person’s life story and place in the world. I understand that each of us has many sides to who we are, and I welcome every part of who my clients are to our therapy sessions. While we work together towards whatever the goals are for therapy, I listen deeply to what my clients want and need to say, whether they say it with words, art, music, play, or other means of self-expression. I also help my clients to hear and see themselves, as part of what I believe both personally and professionally is that every person has it within themselves to come up with their own unique strategy for living beautifully, heartfully, and soulfully, even when faced with life’s many challenges and heartbreaks. As a therapist, I help to facilitate that process, using my experience, knowledge, and expertise.
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 Child/Family Grief Counselor, I 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. For the past 2 years, I have been studying Somatic Experiencing, and am working towards obtaining certification.