As a native of Colorado, I love the outdoors, mountains, and all that our beautiful state has to offer. It is not surprising, growing up with a psychiatrist father, and 2 of my 3 brothers choosing to be psychiatrists, that I was inspired to become a mental health professional myself one day. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in elementary education, I worked as an elementary school teacher, my husband and I raised 2 wonderful children, and I volunteered in numerous capacities until they were grown. Finally, I realized my ultimate dream was to become a counselor, and I returned to school for a Master’s of Counseling degree, graduating in 2007.
I also completed a 4 year body-centered psychotherapy program in Mendocino, CA called Core Energetics. In the fall of that same year, I attended a Gestalt workshop at People House in Denver. I was so intrigued and excited, I began to pursue my certification as a Gestalt therapist. Two and a half years later, I graduated from the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies in Golden, and I continue to use both Core Energetics and Gestalt in my work with clients.
As a Certified Gestalt Therapist, I believe deeply in experiencing life in the present moment, appreciating our survival techniques developed in childhood, and the immeasurable value of client/therapist relationships. I enjoy combining this type of therapy with other creative interventions, like the sand tray, musical instruments, puppets and drawing. I bring my light-hearted, creative spirit into the therapeutic space, bringing a sense of comfort and safety to my client’s healing process.
I also specialize in two other areas, child therapy and responsible drinking.
Being the Colorado facilitator of a group called Moderation Management since 2002 (www.moderation.org) has inspired me to offer moderate drinking therapy groups and services. Many people struggle with drinking too much, but feel that rigid, abstinence only programs are not for them. I offer a very unique therapeutic perspective based on the Moderation Management approach to help problem (vs. chronic) drinkers learn to find balance so that alcohol does not interfere with their day-to-day lives.
If you would like to learn more about any of my offerings, ask me questions, or schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact me.