As a therapist in the Northglenn and Aurora areas I specialize in two programs including 1. Child and Adolescent Family Support and 2. Addictions Recovery and Resiliency. I am passionate about working with children and adolescents who are struggling with managing emotions and behaviors. I believe in addressing these issues on an individual and family level to help change behaviors, communicate effectively, and support one another. Older teens and adults frequently face a different set of struggles and I specialize in helping them identify and work toward recovering from the impact of addictions and working toward building resiliency in their lives.
My unique approach to families includes teaching/practicing skills, processing underlying issues, and offering practical tools to support parents and families. My approach to addictions is to facilitate internal motivation to bring about a change in relationships to substances and activities that may be causing difficulties in your personal life.
I utilize effective, evidence-based models of treatment including DBT, CBT, Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Systemic, and Addictions. This helps us provide you and your family with tools and skills to improve communication, manage emotions and behaviors, and create the changes you would like to see.
ROLE of the THERAPIST/GOALS of THERAPY
In my theoretical approach I use a variety of methods from various schools of thought in a situation to situation basis with an emphasis in Reality Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These therapies focus on identifying ineffective thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and exploring their impact on relationships, goals, and personal well-being. Once identified, clients work with the therapist to explore more effective ways to manage their thoughts, feelings, and behavior, as well as, ways to improve relationships, meet their goals, and maintain personal wellness. I view the people I work with holistically and I work to empower clients to create their own tools for better relationships, stronger individual growth, effective emotional management, and developing life skills. I provide therapy for children, adolescents, and teens with a focus on incorporating the family and providing tools to parents to strengthen communication. I view the family as a system and work with families to identify ineffective patterns and interactions while exploring positive solutions.
MA COMMUNITY COUNSELING Regis University 2008-2011
CERTIFICATE IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING Regis University 2008-2011
CERTIFICATE IN ADDICTION PSYCHOTHERAPY Colorado School for Family Therapy 2016-2017
DOCTORAL CANDIDATE - MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY Argosy University 2018-Current
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR DORA # LPC.0011703
LICENSED ADDICTION COUNSELOR DORA # ACD.0000833
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST DORA # MFT.0001637
REGISTERED PLAY THERAPIST - Supervisor Association for Play Therapy # T3280
APPROVED CLINICAL SUPERVISOR Center for Credentialing and Education # ACS 3154