Being a human is nuanced, confusing, and hard – but has so much potential to be exciting, fulfilling, and joyful, as well. I enjoy helping people make sense of being a human, in whatever ways we can. I also recognize that sometimes things don’t make sense, but that there are ways to survive, and even thrive, through anything that arises. I believe that everyone’s path to healing looks different, so I work with you to find approaches that will work best for you. I work to guide people towards a deeper understanding of themself by utilizing your inherent strengths, and providing new tools and skills, in a relational way. I aim to help you develop a meaningful connection with yourself and your challenges, and feel more confident and in control.
I work with adolescents and adults who are facing a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, interpersonal relationships, life transitions, and identity challenges including sexuality and gender. My approach is relational, client-centered, empathetic, assertive, and kind. I utilize a variety of treatment modalities, including DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), traditional talk therapy, body movement, and mindfulness.
I believe that every person’s emotions and behaviors make total sense, if they are given the chance to explore their unique experiences, circumstances, beliefs, assumptions, and fears. Talking in a safe and supportive environment can help people better understand the causes of their overwhelm or stress. Talk therapy is therefore a big aspect of the treatment I provide. However I also utilize mindfulness-based exercises and psychoeducation, and I find the combination of these approaches to be powerful. Research and personal experience has shown me how effectively mindfulness can decrease emotional reactivity, stress, anxiety, and depression, and can increase attention and self-awareness in amazing and empowering ways.
In my own personal and professional journeys I’ve used a combination of the wilderness, art, yoga, mindfulness, and human connection as tools for growth and healing. I worked as a wilderness therapy guide for five years, in which I learned foundational aspects of emotional education, and communication skills. I have a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College, with a major in studio arts and a minor in education. I recently graduated from Denver University with a master’s of social work.
In my free time I enjoy seeing live music, reading mystery novels, drawing birds, writing short stories, trying new recipes, and embarking on mountain or desert adventures with my partner, his ten-year-old son, and our two hilariously goofy and lovable dogs.
Please reach out if you feel like I would be a good match for you as you begin or continue your therapeutic journey.