My Approach to Helping
Welcome! Thanks for taking the time to find the right counselor for YOU. I really honor the courage it takes to reach out and start the counseling process. It's so hard to know where to start when you are staring at a huge list of counselors!
Let me tell you what to expect if you work with me: I'm a caring, non-judgmental, supportive counselor, and I truly love what I do. I will sometimes laugh with you, I may shed a tear with you, and I will be a trustworthy, consistent source of support. I believe in counseling because I've seen it help hundreds of people, and it has kept me mentally and emotionally healthy so I can help you. Counseling may seem intimidating at first, but I see it as an ongoing, nonjudgmental conversation between two people that leads to personal growth and inner peace. And unlike other relationships, I'm here just for you; you don't have to share the microphone.
So...if your life and relationships are painful or chaotic, or you just know that life was meant to be better than it is, I would love to be in your corner. Sometimes, life's challenges exceed our resources and our ability to cope, and we just need some support and direction. That's where I come in.
Because all individuals, couples, and families are unique, I offer different types of counseling: office-based sessions, telehealth (video or telephone sessions), and outdoor "walk-and-talk" sessions right outside my office.
I would love to hear from you. It's as easy as calling or emailing me for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I try to reserve a weekly spot for a new client, so I can probably start working with you soon. If my approach speaks to you, I'd love to work with you!
More Info About My Practice
I own and operate my own private practice. My office is located in southeast Fort Collins, in a quiet office park situated right on the Power Trail and overlooking the Collindale Golf Course. I have my own private waiting room (just for you), and my counseling office is beautiful, cozy, and surrounded by trees and nature. Some of my clients prefer to meet outside for "walk-and-talk" sessions, and my office is the perfect location for it because the Power Trail is just steps away from my office, and a pond where we can walk to and sit is about a quarter mile away. Many clients prefer to meet inside in my office, and say it's very warm, welcoming, and comfortable. Take a look at my office pictures to get a feel for the location.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
I think going to therapy actually takes a lot of courage. Therapy has gotten a bad rap, especially from people who haven't attended therapy and are therefore a little intimidated by it. Let's face it--the old, rigid belief of "pulling yourself up by the bootstraps" just doesn't work; it just makes people feel weak for thinking it should be that easy. The first time I ever went to therapy (long before becoming a therapist myself), it was weird. It wasn't the right fit. I didn't ask questions. Now, as a therapist, I have so much compassion and understanding for people's first time doing therapy. And I'll normalize it! I may even make fun of my therapy terms. In any case, I'll put you at ease. To me, anything we do as humans to address our issues and improve ourselves is the OPPOSITE of weak or flawed. And being at peace with yourself has a way of making us care less about what others think of us anyway.