Experience Matters Let me help you uncover your highest wisdom, and live your deepest truth
Far too often, people consider seeking counseling a sign of weakness. However, that is not that case. It takes tremendous courage to move through the pain and live the life of your dreams. I love helping clients identify their wisdom, hope, and strength that exist despite their fears. Counseling with me can nourish your soul and help to heal your painful wounds.
I have been serving clients in Denver, Colorado, for over 15 years with my motivational, inspirational, and solution-focused counseling. I am honored to have provided training and counseling to our U.S. Military members and families since January 2009.
I am proud to be serving as the President of the Colorado Counseling Association. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Master Addiction Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2001 with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a Marriage and Family focus. I am currently a student at the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology joint PhD program studying spiritual psychology.
As a published author on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), I use my extensive experience and skills to help you discover and take action toward living your own solutions. My years of experience and training in many areas of counseling have provided me with a wide variety of tools to help you find your path to meaning, connection, and happiness.
My services can help with the following in the Denver, Cherry Creek, and surrounding CO areas:
Marriage and Couples Counseling
Supervision and Consulting Services
My approach to therapy includes SFBT techniques. These techniques focus on your best hopes for yourself, and looks at what is working in your life instead of concentrating on what is not working. However serious your problems are, we can work together to identify your hope that you can and will get through this, and that you will get better. At the very least, we can work to identify the coping skills that are assisting you in keeping your head above water. We all have wisdom to generate solutions to our problems but sometimes we forget our own power. I can help your rediscover what you might have once known about who you truly are. In our personal counseling sessions, I will ask thought-provoking questions that aid in remembering your past solutions and help you understand how to use past solutions to handle problems in the future.
There is a myth floating around that Solution Focused practitioners don’t focus on feelings. This couldn’t be further from the truth (at least for me). I focus on feelings all of the time in my sessions! I am constantly recognizing and affirming the joy, the enthusiasm, the hope, the ecstasy, the excitement, the giddiness, the lightness, the optimism, that comes with exploration of possibilities with my clients. You are well aware of the pain, the sadness, the grief, the darkness, the pain that you are dealing with. More often than not, you have spent days, weeks, months, years even, marinating in and ruminating about your painful feelings. I believe that it is my job as a counselor to acknowledge and honor your painful feelings, and to help you explore opportunities and possibilities. Often, this will elicit different feelings than what you have been experiencing around your problems. Like an emotional scavenger hunt, I help you explore hope, happiness, meaning, and joy despite the circumstance or events of your life that bring you to counseling.
What's the difference between a Licensed Professional Counselor and other mental health clinicians in Colorado?
Registered Psychotherapist: Colorado is the only state that allows anyone to register with the Department of Regulatory Agencies as a Registered Psychotherapist without any sort of education, training, experience, or background. If you choose to see someone who is unlicensed, be aware that they may not have any training, education, testing, experience, or continuing education in the field. Basically, in Colorado, anyone can hang up a shingle, register with the state and call themselves a "Psychotherapist."
Licensed Professional Counselors: LPCs must have a Master's Degree in their profession from an accredited program. They must pass a national certification exam, and must have a minimum of two years post-graduation supervised experience and at least 2,000 contact hours with clients.
Addiction Counselors: Master Addiction Counselor
Master's Degree or higher in Substance Use Disorders/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
Current credential or license as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor or Professional Counselor (social worker, mental health, marriage & family, professional counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor) issued by a state or credentialing authority.
At least three years full-time or 6,000 hours of supervised experience as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor.
At least 500 contact hours of education and training in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction. Must include six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens training within the last six years. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
Passing score on the MAC examination within four years of the application.
Certified Addiction Counselor I (CAC I) must be a high school graduate, complete required training hours and 1,000 hours of supervised experience. Certified Addiction Counselor II (CAC II) must complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. Certified Addiction Counselor III (CAC III) must have a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health, complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. Licensed Addiction Counselor must have a clinical master’s degree and meet the CAC III requirements.
Psychologist Candidate, a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) must hold the necessary licensing degree and be in the process of completing the required supervision for licensure.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor must hold a master’s degree in their profession and have two years of post-masters supervision.
A Licensed Psychologist must hold a doctorate degree in psychology and have one year of post-doctoral supervision.