I am a happy and busy clinical psychologist in Colorado working with adults, children, teens, and families. I am best known as a divorce specialist and trauma therapist. I earned my doctorate in psychology at the University of Denver, specializing in family systems and child therapy with a subspeciality in psychological assessment. My master’s degree, from the University of West Florida (counseling and general psychology), focused more on adult and adolescent counseling. Before going into full-time private practice, I worked in two university counseling centers and in a community program for struggling parents. As an undergraduate, I majored in Social Work and English Literature. For most of my professional life, even long ago as a journalist, I sought to understand why we human beings do what we do, are what we are–and what can help us do and be better in our lives.
EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) for recovery from trauma and abuse recovery has been in my toolbox and something I often use with my clients since 2000. I’m happy to tell you more about EMDR Therapy, as it is a powerful and effective way to heal and grow. I also have training in and like to use elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS). I am a yoga therapy practitioner and love to incorporate mind, body, and spirit work into my therapy approach. Play therapy for children, a women’s divorce support group, and family therapy are also in my toolbox.
But the most important thing in my counseling and therapy work is the relationship I form with you–or with your child or teen if you bring him or her for counseling. Research continues to tell us that a positive, warm, supportive therapeutic relationship is the most vital part of healing and growth in therapy or counseling, and I’m here to offer that to you or your child. I believe in kindness, honesty, and patience as my most powerful therapy tools.