My work is an exploration in the fragility and resilience of the human experience. I can remember a few pivotal moments that have imbued in me a passion for being with what is real, raw, and calling.
For me, the road to becoming a therapist started as a carefree teenager. In fact, if someone would have told me beforehand that I was about to lose several members of my family at once, without notice, I would have said that it would destroy me, that I couldn’t handle it. I remember the clarity and potency I possessed after the shock of the news had worn off. I saw two paths forward…I could make something of the tragedy or I could be annihilated by it.
I can still recall feeling the bone crushing pain of grief and wishing for physical pain to overcome the immensity of the emotional suffering. But I knew I would survive because I had chosen it. Surviving, and eventually thriving, became my mantra. It was the religion I never had and the inspiration that led me to travel the world, challenge myself in every way possible, and eventually become a therapist.
I moved to the front range of Colorado and completed my masters in Transpersonal Art Therapy at Naropa University. While studying to be a therapist I asked myself, “What truly helps people?” I focused my training on trauma work, as I believe trauma is the source of much suffering and something everyone can relate to. With this lens I’ve trained in Somatic Psychology, EMDR, DBT, ACT and Addictions Work.
In 2016 I served as an assistant in the Bridging Soma & Soul training, a 9 month trauma training for therapists where theories in neuroscience and somatic psychotherapy are synthesized into practical techniques for supporting wholeness in others through nervous system integration and trauma healing.
Overall, I am captivated by the strength of the human spirit and the inherent wisdom of our bodies and minds. I assist others in knowing their basic goodness by practicing self-compassion, and developing skills for being with, honoring and moving through life’s challenges.
How I work with clients
I enjoy working with people from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures, believing we are each other’s greatest teachers. Working with survivors of domestic violence has been a thread of my work since 2009.
I have a passion for supporting adults and young adults as I love working with people who are engaged in their process, willing to experiment and form deep insights. I have worked as field guide in wilderness therapy and have also served as a therapist in a young adult transitional living program for several years. My private practice has been the culmination of all my experience and in operation since 2012.