M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy from Bethel University / LMFT
B.A. in Health Psychology from Azusa Pacific University
3 Year Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution Training / Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner
Somatic Resilience and Regulation Touch Practitioner
Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider
NeuroNutrient Nutritional Therapy and Advanced Targeted Amino Acid Therapy [9 month training, consultation, and supervision]
Developmental Rupture and Repair: Somatic Attachment Repair for individuals and couples
Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples Externship Trained
SE Assistant and Lead Assistant for ongoing Somatic Experiencing Trainings
LICENSING, ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist CALIFORNIA LMFT#94578
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist COLORADO LMFT#0001680
Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, Traumahealing.org member
California Certified Massage Practitioner CMP#31160
I remember the challenges of being raised in a family with divorce, first responder vicarious trauma and addiction – the constant confusion, the unpredictability, and the blame. I felt everything and everyone. In an attempt to maintain safety, my feelings of fear, distrust, loneliness and pain became friends I lived with daily. Friends I wouldn't truly come to peace with until I got the space, support, and healing I have learned to give to others now.
Over time the stored memories of my experiences began to seep into my relationships, work life, and my body. Wrought with anxiety and anger, I found myself shaky, tense, and constantly on edge. Disconnect from my body signals for rest, food, connection, space became my normal and I started getting headaches, knots in my stomach and pain radiating down my arms and back in response to my constant overriding.
The body sends messages for us to pay attention to. It starts small and then more and more body systems start showing signs of distress. I started becoming more aware of my body and noticing what I was feeling. This began a long journey towards reconnecting with myself. With the gentle guidance of professionals who knew that what my body was feeling was deeply connected to my inner life, I learned to calm my nervous system. Discovering the connection between my body’s sensations and my past experiences made room for the disconnected parts of my life to process and heal.
Talking about my feelings was helpful, understanding my family dynamics was helpful as well, but I also needed to reconnect with my body. The emotions and the experiences of my past were all there, waiting for acknowledgement, honor and acceptance.
When painful events like rejections, abandonments, and violations take place in our lives, they are stored in the nervous system and need to be addressed at that level. I help clients process stored memories and unlock feelings that are stuck in yourself. I help you release trauma and move forward. Reconnect, settle, sort, process and integrate into the person you were designed to be. I’m grateful for those who helped me rescue myself and I’m honored to offer this process to others.
with tons of love,
Clients who come to see me are often seeking support during periods of change, or times of stuck-ness where they are ready for a breakthrough in their inner or outer world, and want some compassionate support on the journey. Using Mindfulness and a client-centered, strengths-based approach I help create the environment where my clients can touch into their own innate well of wisdom to find a deep, meaningful connection to themselves in a way that is lasting and incredibly nourishing. From here, I have seen that healing and change, both inside and outside of the therapy setting, occur naturally.
I am here to walk with you on your path, offering tools when needed, an outside perspective, and support in seeing yourself, your history, habits, and patterns in a compassionate, clear and possibly new way.
I use psycho-education, Current Neurobiology, Gestalt and Internal Family Systems, guided meditation and simple exercises to set up inner supports for you to practice between sessions. I draw from my long term meditation background, movement practices, and training in Mindfulness-Based Counseling, as well as training in therapeutic coaching and PACT couples therapy. I use a blend of these frameworks to meet you right where you are.
If you have been waiting to connect deeper to yourself, to those around you, or are ready to learn tools to bend with more flexibility in a tumultuous time I am here to support you in finding your way there.
If you’d like to set up a free 20 minute consultation, please call my number (720)248-8136 or email and leave me a message, letting me know a few times that are good for me to get in touch. I am looking forward to connecting, and getting the opportunity to hear about what it is you're going through.
M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
B.A. Interdisciplinary Degree with focus on Poetry and Social Justice
Orientation to therapy: Mindfulness | Gestalt | Internal Family Systems
Couples Training: PACT | Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy
Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Conference
Queer Asterisk, Gender Queer Competency Training
The Conference for Compassionate Approaches to Aging and Dying;
Process Coaching Practitioner Certification
Nutrition Education Certificate
LICENSING, ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
Pre-Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Fellow
Member of the American Counseling Association
Member of the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society