A Little Bit About Me
I fell in love with Colorado at a summer camp I attended as a child. Summers spent in the wildness of Estes Park, camping, hiking and exploring, made me realize that I wanted to eventually settle here. I left Vermont 12 years ago, with a short stop in Chicago then Boulder before moving permanently to Denver. After moving around a bunch growing up, spending time on both coasts, I’ve finally been able settle in a place I love.
Since my family is in New York, I feel as though my friends have begun to play the role of my family, and my weekends are usually spent with them. One of my favorite things is inviting friends over for dinner to enjoy a good meal. I also keep busy practicing yoga, camping and hiking. I may be the only person in Colorado who does not enjoy skiing (perhaps I filled my quota of freezing weekend days while in college in Vermont…). My winters are usually full of movie watching, soup making and listening to podcasts, particularly This American Life and the Moth.
Why I became a therapist
Bonding and providing a sense of closeness was not something that came naturally to my family growing up. There was always a sense of deep love, but translating that into affection proved to be much more difficult. During my teenage and college years, I felt a deep sense of loneliness, which manifested itself into anxiety and depression. These feelings of sadness and a sense of being “lost in the world,” motivated me to seek my own therapy. I thought, “I need to talk about this stuff. “ In the safe space created by my therapist, I was able to explore, grow and heal. I was able to share deep fears with the security of knowing that I would not be judged but rather supported and encouraged. Taking this journey with my therapist and learning how to lean in to someone for support has fundamentally changed my life. I became a therapist to provide the healing space that my therapist provided for me.
My favorite thing about being a therapist is supporting my clients through times of change and watching them cultivate their own inner wisdom and inherent strength. I’ve learned through my own work in therapy how difficult this can be yet how ultimately rewarding and fundamentally life changing. I hope through my practice to provide a non-judgmental, encouraging space to promote connection and growth for my clients.
Advanced therapuetic trainings, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (Core Skills, and Trauma specific trainings, EMDR
Post-graduate training, Marriage and Family Therapy, Denver Family Institute
Masters degree in Social Work, University of Denver
Bachelor of Arts, University of Vermont
Denver Family Institute: individual, family and couples therapy, specializing in emotionally focused couples therapy, communication problems, depression, anxiety, trauma
Department of Veterans Affairs (Mental Health clinic): individual and family therapy, case management services and crisis intervention services to veterans
Aurora Mental Health Clinic: individual and family therapy for trauma, depression, anxiety and mood disorders
Gateway Battered Women's Services: individual and family therapy for people experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault