I became a therapist after several difficult (and beautiful) years of mining through many layers of my own grief and confusion. If I trace my path back to the very first catalyst that changed my direction in life, I end up back when I was 21. I was going into my senior year in college as a geology major, and my father had just died after a short and intense bout with colon cancer. Before he died I had no intention of entertaining the idea that death was a possibility. In looking back, though, the lurking of the unspoken was always there like a huge abyss that I couldn’t quite comprehend. I was nervous, and confused. My father’s decline was quick and he died 9 months after he was diagnosed.
To say I was devastated is a profound understatement. At 21 years old I was being pushed out into the adult world without the anchor who had always been there for me. For almost four years after his death I struggled with finding my center again, understanding what had happened, who my father was to me, and who I had become. I was fortunate to have found people who were supportive, two very helpful therapists, and a place to live in northwest Washington, near the ocean and mountains, which kept me close to the raw and healing power of nature.
Now, I am “grown up”, and married, and I absolutely love helping couples to relate more deeply and effectively. It’s really exciting for me to be in the presence of two people in my office who want to learn how to have a deeper, more satisfying relationship. I am particularly interested in helping LGBT couples and families.
I practice out of my offices in Boulder and Longmont.
I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado (License #5621).
I have a BA degree from Mount Holyoke College, in South Hadley, MA. I graduated in 1998 with a major in Geology.
I have a MA degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy, from Naropa University, in Boulder, CO.
My experience includes working with dual-diagnosis teens as an Expedition Therapist at Catherine Freer Wilderness Programs in Oregon; as a Grief Counselor at local hospice organizations; with LGBTQ-identified youth in Boulder County Public Health’s OASOS Program; as a Family Therapist at a residential treatment center for teens; and as a clinical intake evaluator at Boulder Community Health. I have specialized training in attachment work from a somatic perspective, grief and loss work, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.