"...I am always learning how to deepen and expand my skills..."
I have been working with couples, adults and families on a variety of challenges for almost a decade, and my studies of Mindfulness and the Neurobiology of Attachment allow me to address a wide variety of topics and difficulties with confidence and skill. I was originally trained in a Solution Focused and a Narrative approach, yet have found that as my counseling experience evolves, my style is ever-evolving and deepening. I have recognized that my approach is more Relational and Neurobiologically based: I believe that what has happened to us within the relationships in our lives can only be healed in relationship, and that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful vehicle to overall growth and transformation.
I have practiced counseling in a variety of settings, such as an inpatient psychiatric unit, working with homeless teens on the streets, being an ally to the LGBTQ community, having a therapist position embedded within a job site, and working as a counselor within a Pacific NW Indian tribe. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance degree from Naropa University (1996) and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University (2006).
I enjoy continuous training on counseling therapies and techniques, and I am always learning how to deepen and expand my skills and practice so clients have better and more long lasting changes as a result. I have a particular interest in Expressive Arts modalities, Somatic work, Attachment and Relational work within counseling. My history in contemplative practices such as meditation greatly inform my perspective on emotional healing, and I often find that my clients are greatly benefited by developing a daily practice to compliment their psychotherapy.
I find so many aspects of Psychology utterly fascinating! You will find that a lot of what I am reading will enter our conversations, and will hopefully become useful tools for your healing work.
While our work together will be focused totally on you, I find that clients want to know more about the person they are entrusting with their story. I am happy to answer any questions you might have so that you can feel comfortable and able to progress and grow with even more confidence.
Here is a smattering of sources of inspiration I like to offer clients:
Pema Chodron books
Tara Brach You Tube videos
Oliver Sachs books
Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
Wired for Love by Stan Tatkin
Attached by Aaron Levine, MD
Poems by Mary Oliver
The Telltale Brain by VS Ramachandran
The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio