Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach
As Jesus promised, “In this world you will have trouble. “ (John 16:33 NIV). Therapy can help you explore, understand, and be positively changed by the troubles of life.
Therapeutic exploration can take many forms, such as building skills to manage anxiety and depression, understanding trauma and choosing the appropriate method to process trauma, exploring and strengthening identity and self-esteem, or changing unproductive thoughts and beliefs. I believe one of the most important parts of successful therapy is to have a therapist who listens deeply and strives to understand.
My life has been changed by the compassion and understanding of Jesus Christ and it is the desire of my heart that you would feel heard and understood when we meet. I believe in the Holy Spirit’s ability within each person to guide them to solutions, freedom, deep acceptance and purpose.
What to Expect in Therapy
Studies show that successful therapy includes two factors: being comfortable with your therapist and wanting to change. Interestingly enough, people report this positive change begins when they make the first appointment.
Our sessions will be targeted to help you overcome what you are struggling with, and I invite you to be an active voice and participant. You are the expert on you! I will bring ideas, experience and pertinent research.
My goal is to allow you the opportunity to experiment with new thoughts and skills, or to feel pain and experience God’s overwhelming love and compassion. It would be a privilege and honor to work with you and be a part of your unique journey of transformation.
Qualifications and Experience
The first half of my career was spent in the business world in marketing and management. Twenty years ago, I began working with youth at a local church and absolutely felt drawn to mentoring and counseling. In 2006, I had the opportunity to work with at-risk and adjudicated youth at West High School with Youth for Christ.
My passion for helping adolescents grew and grew, leading me to begin a Masters in Counseling degree at Denver Seminary in 2009. While at Denver Seminary, I worked with individual adults at Shepherd’s Gate Counseling. My internship was in a residential treatment program for 14-18 year old females, where I stayed even after graduation in 2012 to work with adolescents, parents and families in office and home settings. In 2013, I started at Griffith Centers for Children, working with children, parents and families. In 2014, I became a school based therapist with Jefferson Center for Mental Health working in elementary, alternative middle and high schools.
My passion for partnering with people to overcome struggles increases every year–I am continually amazed at the resiliency of human beings and have been so honored to be a part of each client’s journey.
Personal Life and Interests
I am so thankful that Colorado has been my home since 1974. Being outdoors, especially in the mountains, is food for my soul. A spiral fracture to my left tibia a few years ago does make me miss downhill skiing, especially making fresh tracks in powder. But I love to hike and bike, and want to snowshoe more so I can get into the mountains during those winter months. I love exploring and new adventures and learning. My life is full of good friends, family, and friends who are family.