I am a graduate of Pepperdine University and I currently have a private practice in Westminster, CO. I work with a wide range of ages and individual difficulties in addition to couple's and family struggles. I have 20 years' experience as a marriage and family therapist and have been in private practice since 2004. In addition, I have many years of experience working for community-based non-profit mental health centers working with children, families and couples.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance in the success of therapy. It is very important for the client to feel comfortable with their therapist during sessions. I also strongly encourage feedback from my clients about the process of therapy. I like to know if their needs are being met, if there are any barriers to our work and if they feel that therapy is taking the direction they want it to go.
To ensure a good fit, I am open to answering any questions prior to scheduling an appointment.
My approach in therapy varies depending on each client's needs. I do not believe that therapy is about providing advice or answers. Rather, it is my goal to provide support and assist clients in determining what is best for them and how to achieve the changes in life and relationships that they desire. In couple's sessions I can be very directive in order to intervene and correct the unhealthy communication patterns. Individual sessions can be as introspective and insight oriented as one desires. I also believe strongly that most change happens outside of my office; therefore, I often give homework in the form of worksheets, books to read, specific things to be aware of and logs to keep in between sessions. My work in session is client-driven; it is up to each client to determine if suggestions or homework is useful for them. If something doesn't work, then together we figure out what else to try. Each person has strengths from which to draw, I assist in helping clients discover these and how to take advantage of them to achieve the successes they want in life.
- M.A., Pepperdine University, Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Familiy Therapy, 2000
- B.S., Colorado State University, Psychology, minor in Human Development, 1997
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Colorado - License #640
- Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy