As I said in my home page, change is hard and I’m so glad that you’re both considering making whatever important change or changes you need to make to find healing in your life, and that you’re considering me as your therapist. I’d like to tell you a bit about me.
I’m an Iowa farm girl who went into the Air Force after getting my undergraduate degree and my commission. Following my discharge from the Air Force, my husband and I settled in Colorado and this is where we’ve raised our family. I’ve gone through several career transitions in my life (which is why I love working with clients struggling with their own life transitions) and when I turned 50, I finally answered a long-time calling to study counseling…and that brings me to where I am today.
My approach to counseling is very relationship oriented as you and I are in this together. After hearing your story and your needs and goals, you and I will develop your treatment plan because your buy-in is the key to your success. I am primarily a behavioral therapist, which means I look at how your thoughts and emotions impact your actions. So many of us are plagued with doubts, fears, poor self-image, and shame from myriad causes, including abuse and trauma, and these negative thoughts begin to control our lives, and especially our relationships with others. One of my greatest joys is when a client sheds the negatives and starts to realize that he or she is awesome in his or her own way. 🙂
I also employ techniques from several other therapies, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), mindfulness, reality therapy, and for my couples, relationship enhancement therapy, which focuses on developing important relationship and communication skills. As a graduate of Colorado Christian University and the Catholic Biblical School, I am well-trained at integrating faith into counseling.
My Catholic faith is very important in my life and I work with both Catholic and Christian clients and couples, as well as with clients who are uncomfortable in bringing faith into a session, and that’s okay. Each of my clients are at different places in their faith journeys, and many struggle with faith. I’ve struggled with my faith and doubt in my life too. Therefore, you are accepted without judgment, and I will always meet you where you are at. My goal is to always make sure my counseling office is your safe place.
I look forward to journeying with you!
- Licensed Professional Counselor, Colorado License # 00141087
- Master of Arts Counseling, Colorado Christian University
- Bachelor of Arts, The University of Iowa
- Graduate, Catholic Biblical School, Archdiocese of Denver
- EMDR Certified Therapist through EMDRIA
- EMDR Consultant in Training through EMDRIA
- Motivational Interviewing
- Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – Level 2 (Complex Trauma)
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
- Catholic Psychotherapists Association
- Colorado Counseling Association
- National Board for Certified Counselors
- EMDRIA International Association
- Chi Sigma Iota – Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society
- International Association of Trauma Professionals
- United States Air Force Veteran
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE AND REOPENING OF MY OFFICE
Updated April 2021
I see clients both via Telehealth and in my office. As the weather gets nicer, I will also see clients in my outdoor office.
Clients who will be seen in my office must sign a waiver that I will provide to them prior to the session. I will take all precautions to protect clients who are coming to my home. I also do a brief screening of all clients who come into my home office. If at any time, I become concerned about the spread of COVID, I reserve the right to transition a client back to telehealth.
- Clients are to wear masks. If masks are an issue, we will discuss this in session.
- I will maintain safe distancing.
- Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is available in the counseling area.
- I will schedule appointments at specific intervals to allow for cleaning surfaces between clients.
- I ask all clients to wait in their cars or outside until no earlier than 5 minutes before the appointment time.
- Credit card pads, pens and other areas that are commonly touched are thoroughly sanitized after each use.
- Physical contact is not permitted.
- Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of on a frequent basis.
- I prefer clients not use my bathroom in my home. However, if this is needed, I will ask that you thoroughly wash your hands and to use the sanitizing cloths in the bathroom to wipe down everything you touch. I will also sanitize my bathroom each day.
Any client who wants to be seen via telehealth can continue to do so.