This is how I see therapy…It’s like driving an RV. You have your whole life right there with you. You are the one in the driver’s seat. Meanwhile, I’m sitting there with you to point out the obstacles in the way, to help you figure which route you want to take, to talk to you when you think you might fall asleep at the wheel, to encourage you along the way, and teach you the tools to keep going.
A little about my background:
I graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA with a Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. My professional background is as an Early Intervention Therapist for children on the Autism Spectrum; as a practicum trainee working with teens on the Autism Spectrum, and with children and their parents suffering from trauma and domestic violence; as a post graduate intern working with people of all ages suffering from trauma and attachment disruptions from unstable childhood homes, domestic violence, familial rejection, and grief from the loss of a parent; and later I worked at a hospital on both adolescent units for Inpatient, working with teens experiencing suicidal and homicidal ideation, and in Intensive Outpatient, working with teens and families dealing with a range of issues from anxiety and depression, to Autism Spectrum Disorder and psychosis.
My personal background has helped shape many of my professional choices. I am the daughter of a war veteran with PTSD. I know what that looks like and I have formed a deep compassion for the struggle to feel connected and whole that comes from dealing with trauma. I have lost both my mother at a young age, and later the love of my life from cancer and feel that I understand grief and how it affects everyone differently and how we all travel our own path through it. Finally, through working with so many different people from so many different backgrounds and difficult issues, in addition to working through my own stuff, I learned that I love working with people and their Anxiety. Anxiety is this completely normal thing we all need to have in order to survive, yet it can become overwhelming and it seems to take over our lives. It sucks, but it can be managed and managed well.
I love working with people touched by Autism Spectrum Disorders whether its a child or an adult or their families or significant others. This is a population I seem to connect with well. I also love working with gifted and talented children and adults, especially those who are just a little bit quirky and a whole lot creative.
My therapeutic approach is collaborative with a special focus on art therapy, attachment, family systems, emotional development, and mindfulness. My little rescue dog, Hank, is about the sweetest pooch you will ever meet and loves attention and treats. I am now certified as an Animal Assisted Therapist and am in the process of training Hank and obtaining my advanced certification so we can be a certified pair. He is almost always with me for sessions and everyone seems to love him.
You can call me at: (720) 213-6773
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