“Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.” Psalms 66:16
Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
I believe you have a story that is uniquely yours to share. Your story is full of moments that have surprised you, hurt you, challenged you, and changed you. It involves moments of joy and happiness, but also times of great sadness, and pain. We all experience life with its unexpected twists and turns. Too often people let us down, and in the process we let ourselves down too. Jesus speaks of our suffering in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” To this I say to you, take heart. Hope is possible, peace is possible. I am a firm believer that interpreting and reconstructing these moments of influence in your life–particularly of life’s disappointments and pain–can be a powerful source of freedom and healing.
As relational beings created by a relational God, we all have this innate desire to be seen and to be understood. I believe this desire can be achieved through the sharing of story in a trusted environment free of judgment or shame. There is courage in being fully seen and in acknowledging where you have been hurt. I do not take this ask lightly, but rather find it to be a privilege to be with you in your pain. As we engage in this process together, I believe you will see there is a freedom to be found in your story. It is not my role to tell you what that will look like, but rather to help you find it.
What to Expect During Therapy?
I have a warm, authentic, and inviting approach to therapy. Laughter is always welcome! All emotions are welcome. I believe we are emotional beings created by a God who shows and feels emotions. My view of emotions echoes the thoughts of Matthew Elliot. He writes, “Emotions are not primitive impulses to be controlled or ignored, but cognitive judgments or constructs that tell us about ourselves and our world”. I will invite aspects of both your head and your heart into therapy as they work together in your story and rewriting your new narrative.
I view this process as a collaboration between you and I. Together, at your pace, we will discuss the ins and outs of what has made you, you. We will take time to slow down your story, working through and reflecting on significant moments in your life. I may not know all the answers and I cannot promise you a quick fix, but if you view this as a process and actively engage in your own healing, I believe you will see results. Even when progress is hard to see on your own, I can promise you that I will always encourage you in your strengths, celebrating the smallest and the largest of victories.
Lastly, I will always extend hope to you freely. In the words of my own therapist, “if you don’t have any hope, you can borrow some of mine.”
Personal Qualifications and Experience
I am in my last year of the M.A. Clinical & Mental Health Counseling program at Denver Seminary. I graduated from Colorado State (Go Rams!) in 2014 with my B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies. Post graduation I worked for Youth for Christ in the U.K. There, I partnered with outreach organizations including sports and women’s ministries alongside the local church. As a former student-athlete, I have been a volleyball coach, and mentor to high school girls. One of my passions is to resource and equip parents with resources on how to connect with their teens in regards to mental and emotional health.
Personal Life and Interests
When I am not in class or practicing therapy, you can find me enjoying all Colorado has to offer with my husband Logan, and our german shorthair pup, Dirk! We enjoy biking the platte to Nixons, checking out live music at Jake’s in Littleton, and hanging out with our community of friends here in Denver. Crested Butte is our favorite mountain town so far and we try to go once a year. We are originally from the east coast, but Colorado has won our hearts and we feel blessed we get to call it home. Logan and I met on a “blind” prom date my senior year. We reconnected 5 years later, and have been happily married for 3! Logan is the youth pastor at Denver United, our church family. I am actively involved in his ministry and love the role we get to serve in our students’ lives.