Clients sometimes look at me sideways and say things like “you’re not like other therapists …”
My style is down-to-earth and straightforward, with a side of laughter, a box of tissue, and maybe on some days (ok, ok, most days)…..chocolate!
I provide a comfortable, confidential, non-judgmental place for clients to get the help they need to create positive changes in their lives.
The foundation of any effective therapy is a safe, trusting and collaborative relationship. When you visit me, you can expect a warm, compassionate environment.
I’m also a person, a wife, a daughter, a friend, an auntie and a participant in the same world you live in. I am a lover of cooking, working out, most kinds of music, and books. I go to work, pay my bills, and try to find balance in a busy life.
How we’ll work together:
Initial visit: You will fill out paperwork and your rights as a client will be explained. It is important that you know your rights and that you can terminate therapy at anytime.
Establishing plans and goals: I will work with you to develop a plan that is tailored to your goals and needs. You come to me with a specific problem and I help you fix it as quickly as possible.
Every therapy session will be developed around your unique qualities and learning style. I’ve read the books and know the techniques, but you’re the expert on what works best for you. I believe that each person has a solution as unique as their personality and therefore, I find it important to treat each situation individually without assumptions and treat the “whole” person.
Practice: Depending on the needs of the client, therapy may include therapeutic conversation, exercises and role-play of real-life scenarios, education, hands-on activities, and other techniques that may be useful.
There may be times when you are asked to extend what you are working on in therapy to your everyday life. This may include keeping journal entries to track certain emotions and/or behaviors, reading a relevant book, or practicing techniques with a trusted confidant. For therapy to be most successful, it is important to work collaboratively and intently.
My theoretical approach is based on client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and humanistic psychology. I use an integrated approach, which includes the body/mind connection. I can provide guided imagery sessions, breathing techniques, meditation exercises, and stress management techniques.
Frequency: It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions where each session lasts 45-60 minutes.Sometimes you may be going through a particularly difficult challenge and may request a longer session. I am willing to be flexible and work with each client on an individual basis to meet their therapeutic needs.
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- National Certified Counselor
- Adams State University – Master’s Degree in Counseling : Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health
- Colorado State University-Pueblo – Bachelor’s Degree in English and Mass Communications: Emphasis in Public Relations
Professional Activities and Memberships
- American Counseling Association
- Colorado Counseling Association
- EMDR International Association
- Chi Sigma Iota: International Honor Society of Professional Counselors
- International Association of Trauma Professionals
- National Board of Certified Counselors
- Women’s issues
- Substance abuse and addiction recovery
- Survivors of Violence
- Self-Empowerment and Worth
- Emotional and Mental Health Wellness
- Healthy Familial Relationships
- Healing harmful patterns and behaviors
- Personal Accountability and Awareness
- Children and teens
- Life transitions