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"Every woman who heals herself helps heal all women who came before her and all those who come after her."
- Christiane Northrup
Why I Believe in Therapy
I know it can be difficult to seek support from a therapist. It takes courage to be open with another person. My primary goal is to help you feel accepted and safe with me.
I have experienced my personal share of struggles, grief, and emotional wounding. I have also experienced deep healing. I am passionate about helping others find their own healing and growth, and to help them learn how to connect more authentically to themselves and to others.
Therapy can help you overcome hardships, break free from negative patterns, and heal on a deep level. It can help you reconnect with your true Self - the Self that wants to re-emerge so that you can live the life you love and be free from the inner blocks that have held you back.
Who I Work With
I am passionate about working with adults who are ready for real growth and lasting change for their mind, body, and soul!
My specialties include: trauma, grief, self-esteem and body-image struggles, life stress, anxiety, and depression. I want you to know it's never too late to heal and grow. Through deep self-exploration that incorporates evidence-based treatment approaches, you can become empowered, confident, joyful, and connected with your authentic Self. If you resonate with anything on my website, I encourage you to reach out to see if we feel like a good fit!
I am an LBGTQIA ally and HAES (Health at Every Size) aligned. Basically, I want you to come as you are!
Areas of focus:
Self-esteem, Self-empowerment, Self-growth
Life Transitions (life changes and stress)
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
- Carl Jung
Education & Background
Master of Arts in Counseling - Regis University
Licensed Profession Counselor (LPC)
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
In my counseling career, I've worked at various settings before starting my private practice. During my graduate program, I worked at a hospice center providing grief support to those who recently experienced the death of a loved one. Later, I worked at a substance use facility providing individual and group therapy to adults and adolescents struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. I then went to work for a group practice where I continued to work with adults, couples, adolescents and families struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, ADHD, grief, general life stressors, and more.
I am so grateful for each and every one of my amazing clients who have come through my door (or through my computer screen) to work on bettering themselves and heal their emotional wounds. I have come to develop a deep appreciation for the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. I am still constantly blown away by how amazing people are, even in their darkest hours.
As a therapist, I continue to educate myself both formally and informally through seminars, classes, research, and peer consultation.
Relationships and authenticity are important to me! I strive to be my genuine self with others and to surround my self with people I truly connect with. I love live music, good food, and exploring new places. I also enjoy staying home, curling up on the couch with a good book and some hot coffee or tea, or watching movies.
I have found more peace and acceptance in my own skin as I continue to learn to unapologetically embrace my authentic self. Finding my own sense of spirituality has been a long and ongoing journey, but it has been invaluable to my own healing process and my personal growth. I believe strongly in the power of forgiveness and welcome it as part of my life-long practice.
My approach is holistic because we will look at all aspects of your life, relationships, and experiences. A few modalities I use as a therapist include:
EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing): It's a mouthful to say, I know! But this modality is especially helpful to process past negative life experiences, traumas, or emotional wounds that still feel painful and come often (unknowingly) lead to other symptoms such as anxiety, depression, difficulties regulating emotions, difficulties managing stress, dissociation, feeling constantly overwhelmed or on edge, feeling a lack of self-worth and low self-esteem, negative body-image, and poor relationships. EMDR helps us heal the root of the issue, not just the symptoms, so real change can take place.
Parts Work IFS & DNMS (Internal Family Systems & Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy): A quick example of this might be noticing the part of you that is ready and willing to start therapy, yet another part of you may feel hesitant, nervous, or unsure. If you've ever seen the Pixar film "Inside Out" this is another great example of how we all have various parts to ourselves! This modality is wonderful at helping us connect to our authentic selves and learn about why parts of us do things that other parts may not understand or enjoy. Getting to understand our different parts can facilitate deep healing on a profound level. Click here for a brief video explanation about IFS.
Mindfulness-based therapy: In our hectic, stressful, daily lives, mindfulness can teach us to slow down and focus inward so that we can identify what is serving us and what is not serving us. Mindfulness is a continuous practice. It's not only through meditation that we can learn to practice mindfulness (though I am a huge proponent of meditation) but we can do almost anything mindfully - painting, playing with children, spending time with others, or anything that we bring our focused attention to in the present moment.
EFT/EFIT (Emotionally Focused Therapy/Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy): The focus is not only on unraveling the layers of your emotional experiences but also on understanding your attachment style, shedding light on how you connect with others emotionally. Whether you have a secure, anxious, or avoidant attachment style, EFIT is tailored to address and transform these patterns, promoting more secure and fulfilling relationships. I believe in a collaborative approach, where we delve into the roots of your emotions and work towards a deeper self-awareness. Through this process, we can unravel the layers of your emotional experiences, allowing you to gain valuable insights. EFIT is a powerful tool for addressing issues related to emotional regulation, communication, and personal growth.
Additionally, I work with a variety of spiritual beliefs and will incorporate this in our work, only if it is a value of yours, because I believe we heal best when we tend to mind, body, and soul.
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