People seek therapy for many reasons, but they often seek therapy when they are looking for a change in their life or need to process some difficult experiences. My goal is to work with you to better understand yourself and your experiences through creating a trusting and connected relationship. It is essential to me that you feel listened to, heard, and accepted in our work. After that foundation is built, we can then explore what changes you may want to make in your life and I how I can support you to enact those changes.
It is an honor to support clients in their growth processes and in my fifteen years of practice, I continue to be amazed by their courage and perseverance. I am trained in and enjoy working with a wide variety of concerns such as eating and food concerns, gender identity exploration, anxiety, depression, trauma, college mental health, grief, relationship concerns, cultural/identity exploration, and postpartum/new parenting concerns. Please continue to explore the website to learn more about my two speciality areas: eating concerns and gender identity support.
Taking the first step to start therapy can be scary. My approach is to talk through whatever fears or questions clients may have and help them identify what they need from therapy to help them feel safe and able to benefit from our work together.
I am a psychologist trained to work with a wide variety of concerns and have felt honored to be a part of my clients' journies over the years. I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). I have worked in both university counseling and eating disorder outpatient settings for the last 11 years. My approach to therapy is collaborative, warm, and active. I firmly believe that my clients are the experts on their lives and experiences. My hope is to take my client's personal expertise, combine it with my clinical expertise, and help my client move in a direction that feels meaningful and satisfying to them. I aim to help my clients feel supported and challenged in a way that helps them progress in and outside of therapy.
I use a range of approaches including dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal process therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, feminist therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. As I put those approaches together, I tend to explore relationships, emotions, and thoughts, and how they interact. I also typically explore what strategies or coping tools may best serve my clients with whatever challenges they are facing. I talk frequently to clients about how to best honor and understand their range of identities (gender, race/ethnicity, sexual, spiritual, etc,) and how to focus on the strengths each client brings.