My approach to therapy is figuring out who you are, what you want and how I can use what I have learned to help you figure out how to get there. I believe to my core, we all have the answers we need. That we are our own experts. We can spend too much time in our heads and allow others’ opinions or expectations blur our ability to get real with ourselves.
My job is to help you settle all that chaos and uncertainty in your head. Help you slow down and get to the core of who you are.
Many people are surprised to hear I did not enter my graduate program in psychology with the intention of becoming a therapist. I struggled with figuring out what I wanted to do with my life and decided going back to school would be a good way to put off making that decision. A friend of mine said I should move to Chicago and go to school there. So I did. And here I am now, back in Denver running a group psychotherapy practice. Why? Because I found purpose and meaning in being able to connect with people through their suffering.
Throughout my life I have struggled through the mud of having ADHD – of seeing and experiencing the world differently. I was able to find my way through recognizing what I needed in order to get to where I am today. I didn’t have a clear path. What I did have was strong values and fear of letting others down. I still don’t know where I am going to be in five years from now, and I am okay with that.
I value gratitude, integrity, humor, growth, community, relationships, respect. These values have informed my learning, relationships, and the path I have taken in growing my practice.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDR Consultant in Training, an Approved Clinical Supervisor and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and the founder of Denver Metro Counseling. I started my career in Public Health working in suicide prevention and in 2005 transitioned into Mental Health. I earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2007 and received a Certificate in Adolescent Mental Health through the University of Illinois Champagne/Urbana in 2007.
I have extensive training in ADHD, trauma, and suicide intervention and loss and provide workshops for others in the community, including clinicians, in suicide intervention, risk assessment, and management. Since 2006, I have worked in private practice, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and crisis evaluation.
I provide supervision and consultation for other clinicians specifically around suicide risk, assessment, and treatment and ADHD. I started DMC in 2014 with the goal of creating a place where people feel valued, respected, and supported by their therapist. I have been thoughtful about the growth and direction of DMC and hired and collaborate with people who share the same values and care in providing therapeutic supports.
I work with adolescents, young adults, adults, parents and families and specializes in ADHD, trauma, suicide risk, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions and loss.
“I believe in the ability to recover and grow through the pain life can present us and use evidenced-based practices to help my clients learn this hopeful approach to therapy. I truly value being able to connect with clients and provide a space for them to share their story.”