I have been fascinated with the field of psychology ever since the summer of 2000 when I worked as a mental health technician at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in southeast Tennessee. During that summer, I witnessed the entire spectrum of mental illnesses and was profoundly moved by the courage and perseverance of the individuals I worked with, who were struggling to heal from their conditions. I was also intrigued to see how rudimentary the treatment methods were, as the patients received minimal talk therapy and were given mass amounts of psychiatric medications. It was then that I realized how much room there was to improve the quality of psychological treatment. I have spent the last 18 years honing my craft as a psychotherapist, in order to provide my clients with the very best opportunities to overcome and move through their psychological barriers, preferably without the use of Western pharmaceutical medications.
After completing my undergraduate studies at University of Arizona, I decided to attend Naropa University for graduate school to pursue my deep-seated interest in the synthesis of Eastern religions and Western psychotherapy. I received a Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and went on to integrate many of the holistic therapies I learned at Naropa into my practice as a psychotherapist. In the following years I attained my professional counseling license (LPC) and a certification in addictions counseling (CAC II). I have worked as a therapist in many different contexts within the field of public mental health, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient treatment centers, community outreach organizations, and mobile crisis programs. I have been trained in a variety of evidence based and holistic therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Motivational Interviewing, couples therapy (Imago Approach), harm reduction for drug and alcohol addiction, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. I specialize in treating adolescents and adults with mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and addiction to drugs and alcohol.
As a psychotherapist, my focus is to draw from the variety of therapeutic modalities in my toolbox and use these therapies to help my clients find their way through the various psychological barriers that eclipse their innate wisdom. I measure my success on the degree to which my clients find clarity of vision, relief from their suffering, and, eventually, full independence from professional support.
I have been married for 4 years and truly enjoy family life. I am also an avid “dog dad” and love hiking and exploring the Front Range with my 4 year old Great Pyrenees and 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, both of whom are both wonderful hiking companions. I also enjoy travelling the world, immersing myself in different cultures, cycling, snowboarding, yoga, meditation, and listening to different genres of world music.