I approach therapy from primarily a person-centered perspective. This means therapy with me starts with acceptance, empathy, and non-judgement. You can be yourself here, you can come as you are, and you will be treated as a unique individual who matters. My goal is for you to feel comfortable and safe expressing yourself and just being who you are. It is through this environment of authentically relating that real healing and change can begin.
I also incoporate, at times, aspects of cognitive-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy to help you uncover patterns of thinking and ways you may relate to your thoughts and emotions that can contribute to distress and unhappiness. By understanding your thoughts and gaining insight into the ways your thoughts and beliefs impact you, you can begin to gain greater control over your moods and improve your level of satisfaction with life.
My goal is not for you to be in therapy forever. I want to help equip you with skills and self-understanding so you can get on with your life. I believe that short-term probelms can be solved in the short-term, but longer-term problems can take longer. Some people start to feel better after just a few sessions, but big changes can sometimes take several months or even longer. I have found that, most often, those who continue therapy for at least six months tend to see greater and more lasting changes. However long you decide to work with me, my goal is for therapy to be a worthwhile investment that allows you to make the changes you seek in your life.
As a counselor, I enjoy helping others find self-acceptance and grow as people. I am passionate about the work I do. I also know what it is like to experience feelings of self-doubt and social anxiety. I have probably even experienced some of the same feelings and uncertainties that you are now at one point in my life.
After doing work of my own in therapy over time, I felt a deeper calling to help others on their own journeys of self-discovery and healing. In my mid-thirties, I was working in the business world but could not ignore what I felt called to do: become a counselor. I earned a BA in Psychology from the Metropolitan State University of Denver where I graduated with honors and then completed a Masters degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I haven’t looked back.
While I was a graduate student, I served as a counseling intern at People House in Denver where I worked with individuals facing a wide range of mental health concerns. I am passionate about the work I do as a counselor and believe this is my true calling. I care about each person I work with and I am both humbled and honored to help people overcome the challenges they face so that they can live happier lives.
Qualifications and Education
LPCC-Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate State of Colorado permit # LPCC.0017398
Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling – University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Psychology – Metropolitan State University of Denver