I am a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed addictions counselor in Colorado. I grew up in the south but have lived in the southwest for most of my adult life. My love of water grew from my time swimming in pools, lakes, and eventually the ocean as a young person. My passion for hiking began in college and has continued with easy access to hiking and biking trails in the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, I love to dance, read, go to live music shows, and I am learning to play djembe. Finally, I have a passion for competition and sports.
I have worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital for adolescents and adults, outpatient mental health and chemical dependency agencies, a counseling center at an elite college, a juvenile diversion organization, an agency for LGBTQIA adolescents, a HIV/AIDS service organization, I worked as a counselor for a hospice agency, and private practice. My therapeutic approaches are eclectic and tailored to my client. The approaches I use are mindfulness and trauma-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strengths-Based.
I have worked with clients contending with anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, life transitions, LGBTQIA concerns, chronic health issues such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and MS, probation and parole concerns, grief and loss, death from suicide, systemic oppression related to sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism, PTSD, trauma and abuse, relationship issues, work stress, adjustment disorders, and self-worth issues.
My approach with clients is respectful, compassionate, genuine, non-judgmental, warm, and relational. I believe the client is the expert about her/his life. I gain insight from your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and what your body tells you about tension, anxiety, and other sensations. I encourage self-exploration, self-compassion, harm reduction, and learning new skills. Each of us learns patterns of thinking and behaving early in our lives. Some of these learned patterns are not useful or helpful any longer. My goal is to work collaboratively with you in creating a new toolbox, so you can use these tools and techniques to help you right away and in the long term.
Adolescence can be an inspiring time full of creativity and opportunities. It is a time to discover and build the person you are and hope to become, a time to learn how to express and defend your values and interests. As a clinician, I know you are the expert on you. Therefore, we will work together to identify what your goals are for therapy and your strengths and resources for achieving them.
I have and currently work with adolescents from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. I have worked with adolescents in inpatient and outpatient settings. And I have worked with teenagers contending with anxiety, depression, substance use, life transitions, suicide, LGBTQIA concerns, juvenile diversion, grief and loss, school issues, systemic oppression related to sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism, PTSD, trauma and abuse, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, self-worth issues and confidence.
Colorado LCSW: 09924307
Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, LGBTQ, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Chronic Health Issues such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, or MS, Addiction, and Trauma
Colorado LCSW: 09924307