Boulder born and raised, I caught the Curse of Chief Niwot and find myself unable to leave this area. I’ve lived, worked and breathed Boulder for the past 4 decades, raised my own kids here, and volunteered for 25 years at various non-profits in the Boulder area. Some of my volunteer activities include facilitating and leading women’s groups (Boundaries, Safe People and Brene Brown groups) and mentoring teens in foster care and pregnancy centers.
Several life tragedies altered the course of my life — the death of my Father, a mid-life divorce and becoming a single mom with two teens. I decided to change direction and went back to school at Naropa University to earn a Master degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Challenges in my life foster empathy for my clients’ life experiences.
My M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa incorporates body, mind, and spirit — a more comprehensive, holistic approach to healing. I incorporate Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness, self-compassion, somatic experiencing, Splankna energy work, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), meditation and emotional regulation to encourage my client’s emotional and spiritual wholeness. I am a licensed therapist and nationally certified. In addition to counseling, I encourage my clients to incorporate various healing practices, including exercise and yoga, art therapy, and spiritual practices such as meditation, mindfulness and contemplative prayer. I also encourage clients to seek out a safe network of healthy relationships, which helps to heal past attachment patterns.
As an intelligent, highly sensitive and empathic person myself, I have experienced a lot of the anxiety and thought patterns of individuals with these character traits, and I enjoy working with others who have similar traits. We are designed to heal in safe, trusting relationships. Counseling sessions are confidential, non-judgmental and supportive. It’s a privilege to walk alongside my clients on their journey to healing, authenticity and wholeness.