I have a deep connection to trees. It comes from my childhood: they were always a sort of calming presence in my life, and they remind me of my grandmother. Trees are also a metaphor for human beings, for how we grow and become luscious: trees have roots that connect them with the earth, and that connect them with other trees. This is one of the ways they receive nourishment, and it's also one of the ways they communicate with one another, and help one another (this is a real thing, trees actually send nutrients to baby trees, even when they are not the same species of trees as they are, and they tell other trees when they are hurt and need help). The deeper the roots are, the more connections the trees make, and the more connections are made to soak up nutrients and establish networks with other trees, the farther their branches grow, and the closer the trees reach towards the sky. We have roots too: we all come from somewhere, we all have stories that make up our roots, and depending on what narrative we hold true for ourselves, it either nurtures and grows the roots, the trunk, and the branches, or it keeps us from growing and reaching towards the sky. If we honor, embrace, and connect with ourselves and those around us, we help to grow our roots, and expand our branches as high as they can go. My hope is to be a part of that process with you.
on why i am a therapist
Since I was a little person, I've loved stories. First I loved reading stories, and then I grew to love the uniqueness, resilience and power in people's individual stories that were shared with me. I loved (and still do) learning everything there is to know about the person that is in front of me, because the stories that capture parts of who we are, have such power to us individually (to heal us, to harm us, to transform us), and have such power to impact people around us. I am forever changed and forever better for the stories that I've had the privilege to hear from my friends, my family members, and my clients. That's how my passion for this work started: by one of friends sharing her pain and struggle with me, which made me in awe of the human spirit and its resilience, and inspired me to find ways to be a guide to others who don't see or recognize their resilience, their inner healer, and haven't yet transformed their story into one that empowers them.
my professional experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I received my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2011. I have 8 years of experience working with trauma survivors, both men and women, and I've gained this experience through working with individuals at community mental health centers, and most recently providing individual and group therapy to the Veteran population at the Denver VA. I specialize in working with adults with a history of trauma and anxiety, and I have experience and enjoy working with the LGBTQ+ population.
I am a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) provider, and this is the main therapeutic approach I use in my work with clients.
I am also a certified 200hr Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, with specialized training in Yin Yoga, and applying pranayama and mudra to the treatment of various conditions, and I have an additional certification as a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist (TIYT).
I am...(among other things)
a nature enthusiast. a coffee lover. a chocoholic. a yogi. an animal lover. a runner. an artsy jewelry collector. a traveler. a book worm.
i value...(in no particular order)
connection. authenticity. creativity. vulnerability. love. storytelling. close friendships. family. community. resilience. presence.