On May 15, 2003, I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Master in Public Health with the intention of going into to the Peace Corps for an adventure. I ended up taking the Reno Fire Department’s firefighter test and passed. I knew the job offered incredible pay, benefits, and time-off, all great perks for a woman in her early twenties right out of college. Four years in, I realized that I could not spend twenty-five plus years in this job. The calls began to wear on me; I started to see an unpleasant side of Reno, as most of the calls I went on were comprised of mental illness, or substance abuse issues.
I have always had a keen interest in human development, psychology and sexuality, which led me back to school during my last two years at the fire department. In February of 2009, I went to the Institute for Advanced Human Sexuality for their Doctor of Human Sexuality degree in San Francisco. Shortly after I finished this program, I left the Reno Fire Department after almost eight years of service. I then became a licensed marriage and family therapist.
In 2013, I watched a video on the NYU training program for psychedelic therapy, which led me to the CIIS Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research Certificate. Both my husband and I completed this program in 2017. We are now looking forward to being able to offer this therapy as the FDA gradually approves further psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research. In the meantime, I have a full-time private psychotherapy practice in Reno, NV where I work with a wide variety of clients. I am honored to work with individuals who are wishing to integrate their psychedelic experiences.
How I work with clients
I offer psychedelic integration therapy, which helps people integrate their experience in a lasting and positive way. I can provide support before and after for people who choose to use these powerful medicines. Psychedelics present people with a wide variety of experiences, which range from a dark night of the soul to ecstatic bliss.
Quite often, transformation is triggered by a crisis of meaning, forcing a reassessment of values and priorities, which can create new space for positive changes and personal growth in our lives. It is important to not lose this newfound momentum, as with time, there is a tendency for it to fade away, and we don’t get a chance to integrate what we have learned through the journey. In therapy, we will keep the new doorway open and continue to deepen awareness and understanding of the psychedelic experience.