I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist which means I have specific training in relationship configurations of all types. I received my education from the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA with a focus in Somatic Psychotherapy. There I had a full time private practice for several years before moving inland to Denver, CO in 2018. I hold licenses in both states. The focus of my continued education and training is in Somatic Psychotherapy which means I value the significance of the physical and energetic body and it's connection to our emotions, behaviors, and relationship to self and other. I also teach at local universities, offer consultations and supervise counseling interns seeking licensure.
I am big-hearted. I am direct. I am authentic. I am intuitive. I am in the business of change.
When holding space for clients, I begin with presence in the body. In this presence, together we find the beginning of how you came to be, then explore and repair in order to pave where you'd like to go.
I have found it most effective to explore the whole person - physiologically, psychically, behaviorally, and spiritually - before we can decide where we're going. I do this by observing, tracking and interacting with your cognitive, physical and energetic subtle being.
Sometimes I use breathing techniques, movement, co-regulating touch and table work. In my experience, when using the body (soma) and spirit in the present moment, self awareness develops, regulation is experienced and truths are often revealed more readily than just via our verbal mind. Where talk therapy can sometimes only get us so far, my approach attempts to repair the preverbal, the wiring in the brain and nervous system that didn't get to develop to their fullest potential early on.
Life is about evolving out of dissatisfying "ways of being" and adapting to different behaviors and postures which feel better. Often times, these maladaptive ways of being got wired internally within our first five years of life. With my intuitive touch and guidance and your increased mindfulness and self awareness, including the body, choices appear when in the past we might have felt a victim to life, our emotions, and/or relationships.
My training has focused on Somatic (Body-Oriented) Psychotherapy and I am influenced by my 25+ years as a Yoga Instructor and Practitioner, iRest® Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness practices, Laws of Attraction, Co-Regulating Touch Somatic Practice with Kathy Kain and Stephen J. Terrell, Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Strength Based Therapy, Humanistic Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Gestalt, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I've worked at a variety of settings including:
Naropa University, Boulder, CO
Regis University, Denver, CO
University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Chanda Center for Wellness, Lakewood, CO
Private Practice San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO
California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Womens Recovery Association, Burlingame, CA
California Counseling Institute, San Francisco, CA
The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, San Francisco, CA
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Kansas City, MO
Greenpath Yoga, San Francisco, CA
The Mindful Body, San Francisco, CA
Alvarado Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
Talk Line, San Francisco, CA
Kid's Turn, San Francisco, CA
Maya Yoga, Kansas City, MO
Accessible Arts, Kansas City, MO
Evanston YMCA Battered Women's Shelter, Evanston, IL
Unity Spiritual Center, Evanston IL & Kansas City, MO
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