My Approach to Helping
Life doesn’t always give us the opportunity to be 100% ourselves. Because of societal or cultural norms, we may feel pressured to mask our emotions, conform to expectations, and deny our truth. Oftentimes, this can result in feelings of isolation, loneliness, and shame.
I’ll be the first to tell you that you don’t have to walk this path alone. Therapy is a space where you can be vulnerable and accepted as you are without judgment. I am here to sit with you in pain; to accept all parts of you and your story; and to walk with you through the trials and tribulations of life.
As a therapist, I’m not here to sugarcoat your experiences and pretend that everything is going to be easy all the time. Instead, I pledge to hold space and honor your experience as a human being. Together, we will identify strategies for building resilience and confidence in order to accept and face life’s challenges. We will celebrate successes, mourn losses, and maybe even share some laughs along the way.
You don’t have to put on a brave face in my office. When you step into this space – in-person or virtually – you belong.
More Info About My Practice
I have a strong background in working with individuals struggling with disordered eating, depression, substance use, and self-harm. I work with clients ages 10+ using a variety of modalities including person-centered therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic theory, and parts work. I also take a trauma-informed lens in my approach to therapy, as I believe that trauma touches all of our lives in some way, shape, or form.
Finally, I strive to work from an affirmative and culturally sensitive perspective, honoring the lived experiences of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals and members of marginalized communities. I work out of Westminster, CO, on the stolen lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Arapaho peoples.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
In my master's program at CU Denver, we learned that the number 1 most important factor for successful therapy outcomes is the therapeutic relationship. This means that it is imperative for you to find a therapist who you feel is a good match for you. A therapist could have all the experience in the world and all the letters behind their name and still not be the right person for you.
You may need to shop around a bit before finding "your" therapist, but it's worth it in the long run. Please feel free to contact me for a free phone or video consultation to see if we'd be a good fit.