My background includes time as a teacher, middle school coach, commercial designer, corporate communications and product manager in a Fortune 500 Corporation, a small business owner, counselor, mother, and spouse.
After earning a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and a post-graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, I have built a specialized practice over the last 12 years in counseling young adults, parents of young adults, individuals who want to reinvent themselves, and couples who are experiencing conflict and would like to mend.
I have experienced nine relocations in the course of 35 years, and have been lucky to be able to live in different places such as Houston, Michigan, Atlanta, Paris, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and now in Denver. Each time I had to build on what I had, but also reset myself to adapt to what the new place had to offer. I learned early on that I had a choice: to be sad and depressed about the place we had left, or to take a deep breath and embrace the possibilities yet to come. What I found was the chance to experience new things and people that I never would have imagined. And what an extraordinary life it has been – certainly not always easy, but gratifying in many surprising ways.
Attitude is the little thing that makes a BIG difference.
In my clinical practice, I have integrated my broad life experiences with systemic approaches in counseling to create a safe and non-judgmental experience of acceptance and exploration. I teach and encourage the use of intellectual curiosity, which is the deep and persistent desire to know. The experience can be captivating; it’s like peeling back more and more layers to get beyond the surface, to understand yourself and others, and to make better choices.
It is an opportunity for increased self-awareness. Psychologist Daniel Goleman who has written extensively on emotional intelligence believes that self-awareness is crucial. He believes that the ability to monitor our emotions and thoughts from moment to moment is the key to understanding ourselves better, being at peace with who we are, and then proactively being able to manage our thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
Most of us operate on autopilot throughout most of the day, being largely unconscious of what we are doing. Learning how to pay attention to what is going on both inside of us and around us is part of the work that I do.
My work is client-centered self-improvement for those of you who want to learn how to make better decisions that will serve you well. My clinical background also allows me to work with mental health issues that may be getting in your way of making the most of what you can be. Issues frequently addressed are anxiety, depression, panic disorder, obsessive and compulsive behaviors, trauma, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and difficulties with adjustment to changes in life.
I have been told that I am direct and “no nonsense”. And with that, I try to incorporate a broad perspective of what the stages in life are, and how we can not only adapt to, but thrive at every stage when taking the longer view.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Fixed versus Growth Mindset
- Attachment-based therapeutic approaches
- Bowen Family Systems Theory
- Minuchin Structural Family Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Interpretive Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Narrative Therapy
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Post –Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
- EMDR Certified (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
- EFT Certified (Emotionally Focused Therapy)
- MBTI Certified Step II Interpretive Practitioner (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
- Adjunct Professor at Denver University in the Graduate School of Social Work teaching the Foundations Course in Clinical Skills
- Clinician, CereScan Functional Brain Imaging and Diagnostic Clinic
- Member of the National Association for Social Workers (NASW)
- Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- NIA Somatic Movement White Belt
Post-Graduate Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
Council for Relationships
Masters of Social Policy and Practice, (MSW)
University of Pennsylvania
Honors: John Hope Franklin Award, 2009
The Myers & Briggs Foundation
Step III Certified Practitioner
Spanish Language and Culture
Warren Hardy School
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Comparative Religion and Islam
Hope College, Holland, MI
Women in Continuing Education
Textile Analysis and Finishing
International Fabricare Institute
Silver Springs, Maryland
Wharton School of Business
Parsons School of Design
New York, New York
Bachelor of Arts, English and Psychology, Honors
University of Northern Colorado