Part of why I love walking this walk with you is that I've been on my own
Soul Searching Journey
After graduating college, I felt lost and confused about who I was and what I wanted. There was a pressure to have it figured out. Suddenly, I was at this crossroad, and I felt unprepared and disoriented about which way to go. I was scared. Trusting a gut instinct (that everyone tried to talk me out of), I decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. I had little wilderness experience and I brought all the wrong things-- however, I walked solo for 2175 miles for 6 months on a soul-searching journey. I experienced a lot of hard, dark, and lonely moments. I also found myself.
The wilderness provided the type of healing that I personally needed to get oriented in my direction. I began working for a therapeutic wilderness school and led teens who were experiencing depression, anxiety, and substance abuse challenges on weekly expeditions. I could relate so deeply to the raw honesty of these teens as they struggled with real questions about life, their identities, and their relationships with their parents. I never turned back.
In my early 20's, I had a serious back injury which was the hardest of gifts. I lived with chronic pain for years and learned about meditation and mindfulness as an outlet for the busy mind. In my late 20's, I solo walked the Pacific Crest Trail (2650 miles). While I didn't know it at the time, it closed the door on the story that I was telling myself that I was broken, injured, and lost. These stories can shape us, define us, and impact the way that we relate to the world.
I invite you to think about what stories you tell yourself. How do these stories hold you back from truly listening to your heart's calling? What risks would you take if you let those stories go?
Later on in life, I walked the Long Trail (270 miles) and Colorado Trail (480 miles). These walks have been my route to facing my fears, my darkness, and probably hardest of all-- my resiliency and strengths. We have have our own routes and we all have these parts of ourselves to look at. Additionally, the "jobs" I've been lucky enough to receive have given me so many gifts: meaning, community, challenge, growth, humility, and grit. My relationships continue to allow me to love and feel challenge daily.
As we do our own work, our life takes shape.
I believe in finding and trusting your inner voice, taking healthy risks, empowering girls and women to be strong and capable, and paving your life into what you want it to be. I am a daughter, wife, and mother to two young girls. I love time with my family, running half-marathons, playing battgammon, cooking lentil dishes, watching movies, yoga, and telemark/cross country skiing. My personal relationships are built on love, trust, and commitment. My life is all about being real, being active, being outside, and living with meaning.
I offer individual therapy that is heart-centered, holistic, affirming, and informed by 20 years of experience in wilderness therapy and community mental health. I honor the unique strengths and experiences that each of my clients have, and am comfortable in exploring your culture, history, identities, beliefs, and processing style in our work. I respect and trust the wisdom you have gained through your life. My style, whether we are focusing on a trauma that you have experienced or not, is always trauma informed. I will make space for you to tell me what you need or don’t need from me, and what the best kind of support looks like for you. My goal is to work at your pace and adjust my style to fit you, because I see each of my clients as unique and special.
Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from University of Denver-2012
Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from Bucknell University-2000
Certified 200 hr Yoga Instructor- Kripalu Yoga Center- 2009
Licensed Massage Therapist- Rocky Mountain School Institute of Healing Arts- 2007
Adolescent and Family Therapist at Aurora Mental Health Center- Hampden Academy Day Treatment Program-2012-2017
Wilderness Therapy Programs
Open Sky Wilderness Therapy-2010-2011
Passages to Recovery-2009-2010
Aspen Achievement Academy-2005-2009
Summit Achievement- 2001-2002
Clinical Intern at Children's Hospital Colorado Eating Disorder Unit- 2011-2012
Counseling Intern at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning-2010-2011
Advanced Trainings and Certifications:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training (pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness)- 2019
Transcendental Meditation (TM) Training- 2019
Level 3 AEDP Therapist- 2019
Core Training in AEDP- 80 hours- 2018/2019
Essential Skills Training I and II in AEDP- 160 hours-2018
Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy- 2017
AEDP Immersion Course- 2017
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy II- (ACT II)-2016
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy I (ACT I)- 2015
Level 1 Training Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Affect Regulation, Attachment, and Trauma- 2014
Basic EMDR Training- 2013
Certificate in Trauma Studies, DU- 2012
Gestalt Therapy Training- 200 hrs- 2012,2013
Hakomi Body-Centered Basic Training- 100 hrs, 2012
2 day workshop in Trauma Focused CBT
2 day workshop in Solution Focused Therapy
Restorative Justice Training- 8 hrs, 2011
Certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher- Kripalu Yoga Center-2009
100 hour Yoga Teacher Training- Santa Barbara Yoga Center- 2005
2- 10-day silent meditation sits. Buddhist Meditation in Thailand and the Vipassana Meditation tradition in U.S.