About


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My Philosophy

Therapy isn’t about couches and clipboards. It’s about moments that matter; moments that can’t be faked, when the relationship between therapist and client is enough and the client feels safe, listened to and cared for; when truth is shared, vulnerability surfaces, and authenticity breaks through.

That is the work of therapy. Those are the moments that make it all worth it.

I help people who feel stuck in their lives move forward into their full potential, using mindfulness principles and therapeutic techniques. I teach them how to be present in their lives, to be whole and connected, and show up every day as active participants in their world.

 I do what I do because I love to help people. It sounds so cliché, but it’s true. I am passionate about connecting with people, offering hope, and making a difference for good.

 

My Background

I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado after earning my bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. During my education and after, I had the opportunity to work extensively with women struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. Additionally I volunteered with The Center for Women and Children in Crisis as a rape crisis counselor and domestic violence survivor support. I am continually awed by the strength and courage demonstrated as these women courageously step through their pain into hope and healing. I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy as well as the Prepare-Enrich Premarital Counseling Assessment.

What I have found, however, is that my greatest education has come through experiences outside of the formal classroom, such as:

  • My experience in life. I’ve gained a lot of wisdom over time and developed the ability to offer empathy and insight into most of life’s challenges. I’ve learned to appreciate the common threads that connect us as human beings, while still celebrating the unique qualities that set each individual apart. I’ve learned how to not just listen, but to hear; to not just console, but to care. I’ve learned how to remove the hurt, and replace it with hope. And I’ve learned to never give up. Something better is always waiting. You can heal, and you can become whole again. Just never give up.
  • My experience with complex relationships. Loving bonds are the most important healing element in our lives. I’ve experienced first hand how strong, connected relationships can ease even the biggest challenges. The change that has come about in my own life through the personal practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy has been so powerful. I’ve worked hard to create healthy bonds and keep them strong in all of my valued relationships. I’ve been through the heartache of divorce, and I’ve navigated the path of blending two families. I’ve worked to create a home where six children, three of whom are adopted, can thrive in a loving and supportive environment. I have life experience that gives me the empathy and perspective to understand exactly where you are and meet you there.
  • My experience as a mother. I am blessed to be the mother and stepmother of six children, three of whom are adopted. This experience led me on a path to understand and untangle the unique challenges faced in parenting through divorce and remarriage, as well as the specialized needs of adoptive families. As a therapist, I work with parents and children, helping them find connection, understanding, and acceptance.

 

A Few More Things

  •  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Colorado. I follow the American Counseling Association code of ethics codes and standards for practice.
  • I do not bill insurance. I am happy to provide you with a detailed receipt to help you seek reimbursement from your insurance company. You may want to call them to ask if your plan has “out-of-network mental health benefits” and get details about your benefits. In addition, you must qualify for a mental health diagnosis in order to have insurance reimburse you for treatment. Insurance generally does not cover relationship/marriage counseling. I do accept payment from religious organizations or clergy who may provide for your counseling service.
  • I am a wife and mother, a mother-in-law and grandmother, a sister and a daughter. I am a teacher, counselor, nurse, cook, chauffeur, seamstress, laundress, housekeeper and maid, repairman and engineer.  I am a writer, artist, singer, and creator. But mostly I’m me. When we work together, you can count on me to be genuine and authentic. I will offer you warmth, empathy, and acceptance without judgment. I am not all things to all people, and if I am unable to meet your needs for therapy, I will help you find someone who can.