I am often in awe of the courage I witness in my office. I am so grateful every day that I get to see the positive changes that my clients are brave enough to make happen in their lives. I believe that this transformation happens in an integrative and holistic environment that focuses on resilience and strengthening our best selves.
Prior to Psychology
Before attending graduate school, I was a massage therapist and a trained as a yoga instructor. I always knew that healing was a part of who I was. Looking back at my work as a massage therapist, I am grateful for this experience because I believe it taught me so much about how much the body remembers. After studying Reiki, Chinese reflexology and polarity work, I was a believer in the miracle of addressing the underlying emotional wounds that create somatic issues.
I am a nerd and I love to learn. I knew I needed more schooling and I wanted to learn more and more about how to help people overcome difficulties. What I learned to do on a massage table and yoga mat were just not enough. I attained my Masters in Counseling and my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Having worked in the psychology field for over almost 20 years, I have had the opportunity to work in many different settings. I have extensive experience working with adolescents. I have worked specifically with adolescent females, specializing in those who have been adopted. This experience led to me begin studying the effects of attachment trauma. Specifically, how family of origin issues and attachment styles can effect one’s emotional regulation and future relationships. This research has had a profound effect on the way that I conceptualize individual and couples work.
Having worked in several different arenas in the therapy world- from the Hopi reservation to luxury rehab facilities, I came to see clearly that trauma does not discriminate. It really doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, trauma can strike. It’s not about how to avoid trauma in life, it is about how to be resilient.
Recovery from Addiction
Trauma and addiction go hand in hand. It is difficult to find a person struggling from the disease of addiction who does not have traumatic incidences in their past. I have over 10 years experience working with various forms of addiction and it is very rewarding to be able to help clients cultivate a life of recovery.
Using techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy, The Gottman Method and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy- I am able to help couples navigate through the difficult times that can plague every relationship. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a couple to gain new tools, insights about each other, re-connect and to find the love they thought they had lost somewhere along the way.
Daring Way & Rising Strong Curriculum- Work of Brene Brown, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Dr. Brene Brown in 2013. I was blown away by her approach that was both revolutionary and also very approachable at the same time. In 2014, I completed the Daring Way training to become a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF). This work has really changed the way that I do therapy. It helped me to realize that we all have shame and in order to be resilient in life, we need to be willing to get curious about what our shame triggers are and how we can trust and be vulnerable to create meaningful connection in our lives.