Hello! I’m so glad that you’ve taken the time to browse through my website and hope you’ll take just a little more time to get to know who I am. To me, counseling is more than my “job” – it is truly my passion. My clients describe me as warm, approachable, genuine and compassionate. I take an interactive approach to counseling and use a combination of empathy, humor and encouragement to allow my clients to feel open and comfortable in therapy.
By continually supporting and gently challenging my clients, I am able to help them re-discover their own self-awareness on the path to creating richer and more fulfilling lives. I consider myself fortunate to have a career that I truly love, helping my clients to solve their problems and overcome the difficult circumstances that life throws at us all.
First, let me tell you about my education and professional credentials. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) . My education began with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications from Michigan State University. I also obtained degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan (which included a teaching certification) and a Masters in Counseling from Oakland University, which is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It was after completion of my Masters that I was licensed as an LPC and accredited as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I then earned a certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Denver Family Institute, an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) accredited post-graduate program and subsequently licensed as an LMFT. Finally, I pursued certification as a CST and concurrently completed a certification in sexual health through the University of Michigan’s Continuing Education program.
So, you ask…how exactly did I get to where I am now? My counseling career began in the Michigan education system where I was a high school counselor. For seven years, I got a chance to work with adolescents and their families as they overcame the many challenges that families face during the teenage years and beyond. These experiences opened my eyes to the exceptional need for relational therapy – not just for my students, but for the adults in their lives as well. There were many times that I wanted to do more for my clients (students, families, etc.), but because of the nature of my school counseling job, I was limited with regard to the help I could offer.
In 2010, a life change brought my family from the green landscapes of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the majesty of the Front Range. It was at this time that I decided to “rip off the Band-Aid,” go for my dreams and pursue private practice in the great state of Colorado. Although I was already licensed and able to set up shop, I decided to further my education to make myself an even better mental health professional for all of my clients. I began a post-graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Denver Family Institute (DFI), a non-profit, advanced training program and therapy clinic in the metro Denver area. During that time, I also worked closely with respected local psychotherapist, Dr. Pat Covalt. I assisted Dr. Covalt in facilitating a nationally recognized divorce support workshop called “Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends.” Since completing the program at DFI, I have been working with a variety of clients including individuals, couples and families as they strive to improve their relational concerns. In the process of obtaining my LMFT licensure, I found a true passion in helping people work through their relational and sexual concerns.
To that end, I pursued and obtained accreditation as a CST, becoming one of a few CSTs in the State of Colorado. My advanced training in this area was overseen by Dr. Neil Cannon, an accomplished and highly sought after local sex therapist and a leader in the field. As part of this training, I participated in a sexual health certificate program lead by top sexologists and medical professionals. Between my incredible instructors at DFI and Michigan and amazing mentors like Dr. Covalt and Dr. Cannon, I believe I have received some of the best relationship and sex therapy training available.
I belong to the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT), where I take part in additional workshops and trainings. The time I spend as a member of these professional associations allows me to continue my professional education so I can stay current with the latest therapy trends and tools available for my clients and my practice.