I respect the courage it takes to seek out counseling. Usually people do so when they’ve exhausted their own arsenal of coping strategies, and are losing hope. Sometimes our attempts to manage pain and distress only result in further damage to ourselves and to our relationships. I don’t take lightly the responsibility of being entrusted with someone’s most private thoughts and emotions, so I strive to establish a safe therapeutic relationship that allows for authenticity, healing and growth. Having worked in the field of behavioral health for about 17 years, primarily in the inpatient setting, I have experience with a wide range of mental health challenges among adolescents and adults (including seniors). Most recently I spent three years as a medical/hospital social worker where I gained familiarity with the impact of acute and chronic illness, as well as knowledge of support resources in the community. My counseling approach is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, attachment and systems theories. The partnership with your primary care provider is optimal for addressing both physical and mental health issues, which often go hand-in-hand. I aim to come alongside you to help reach your goals, reduce suffering and restore hope.
My family settled in beautiful Colorado in 2006 after my husband retired from the military. I lived in Arizona for many years, then the military sent us to Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, Alaska and California. I enjoy family time and our pets, a good cup of coffee, cooking/baking, walking my dog, home projects, church activities and travel.
Qualifications and experience
- Mental Health and Behavior, Clinical Social Worker
- Languages spoken
Arizona State University (1996)
Westmont College (1983)
- Board Certification
Certification Agency Specialty Year Department of Regulatory Agencies License Clinical Social Worker 2019
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