THERAPY AS THE PATH OF THE WARRIOR
If you’ve never been to therapy before, it can be a daunting experience to share things that you may have never told anyone.
You may be afraid of being judged or of “losing it.” You might feel frightened of what you may find in the process.
Therapy is meant to be a safe refuge and place of solace where you can come freely explore the issues holding you back from your best life. It is my job to create the best conditions so that you feel safe and comfortable to engage in the therapeutic process.
By the time clients get to my office, they’ve been living with discomfort, fear and/or a mixture of hopelessness or helplessness.
Despite your best efforts to cope on your own, you feel stuck.
What you really want to know is, can I help you?
One of the reasons why I offer a free consult is because I want you to get a solid sense of me before you commit.
I often tell people who are seeking therapy to definitely do their research but to ultimately trust their gut. You will know if a therapist is right for you within one to two sessions if not from the initial consult.
Trust between you and I is essential; it is also the foundation from which you can get the most out of our sessions.
Entering into therapy is choosing a Warrior’s Path and is not for the faint of heart. Therapy is uncomfortable and challenging at times. Yet therapy is an investment and commitment to your transformation and the life you most want to be living.
It is a radical act of revolution to listen to your inner longings – the shadowy whispers of where you’ve been hurt – and walk toward your tenderness.
I want to walk with you on your journey, reminding you of your heart, power and capacity.
CLIENTS WORK WITH ME BECAUSE THEY:
- Appreciate my no-nonsense, “care-frontation” approach.
- Walk away with concrete skills and knowledge to support their growth and healing.
- Gain access to the innate and powerful wisdom of their bodies as an ally on their journey.
- Increase self-awareness and insight into their limiting patterns and programming.
- Are invested in deep healing.
I’ve also noticed that clients seek me out when they’ve had enough of talking about things, when their experience with talk therapy and cognitive based approaches reaches its limits. Of course, talking and sharing is essential, but it’s not the whole story. Bringing the body into the therapeutic process reconnects the body’s wisdom with the mind’s intelligence.
Ultimately, I believe that by bringing the body into the therapeutic process, transformation occurs more readily, is more sustainable in the long run, and values a client’s innate resources and capacity to heal.
I’m pretty damn inspired by my clients. I am consistently amazed at the level of bravery my clients bring to sessions and the changes they enact to move out of survival and into thriving.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan and did my graduate studies in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado.
I’ve had the privilege to work in a variety of settings and with a variety of populations:
- Survivors of domestic violence at a shelter
- College students at the University Mental Health Center
- Veterans and their families at the Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton
- Severe and persistently mentally ill clients at a community mental health center
- Eating disorders at two different recovery centers
Additionally, I have created and delivered trauma trainings to therapists and provided clinical supervision to therapists.
I’ve completed key professional trainings in the following modalities:
- Somatic Experiencing (SE)
- Journey Dance
- Brainspotting (BSP)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Expressive Arts Certification
Currently, I am in full time private practice at my office in Cherry Creek in Denver working with adult men and women.
When I’m not working, I love doing anything in the mountains and am an adventurer at heart. Dancing, cooking and laughing long and often are my favorite past times.