I came to the field of psychotherapy through my own healing and process of self discovery. Since I was a young girl I have been fascinated by human behavior, particularly the dynamics of intimate relationships and of power and oppression. My desire to equip myself as a human rights advocate led me to pursue my undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology at New York University.
During these years in New York City, I discovered my body in a new way. I became a client of somatic psychotherapy and realized that I had my whole body to process information and experiences through, rather than trying to figure things out through verbal analysis alone. Before entering somatic therapy, I spent years in counseling doing lots of verbal processing and not making much progress. Attending to and integrating my embodied experience was the missing link that helped me to heal deep internal pain and relational conflict, leading me to a fulfilling life and connective relationships with others. I am dedicated to guiding my clients from a place of self-awareness and authenticity, greatly enhancing and accelerating the therapeutic process.
My commitment to contemplative practice and interest in serving people therapeutically led me to the Naropa Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program. At Naropa, I focused on three main areas of clinical study. The first being how embodiment informs our neurobiology and psychological development. Secondly, I focused on family systems and attachment, identifying how our earliest experiences of relationships (or lack thereof) inform our current ways of relating. And lastly I focused on the study of gender, the women’s rights movement and the psychological effects of gender socialization. These areas of study greatly inform my approach and clinical work. As part of my master's degree work I held an internship at The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, supporting children and families towards deeper connection and communication.
After graduating from Naropa, I became immersed in the San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) community. At SFWAR I took part in a Rape Crisis Counselor Training where I studied how to best support survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking.
I am constantly pursuing further study in neurobiological body-based modalities to psychotherapy and also maintain a personal movement and spiritual practice.
MY EDUCATION & TRAINING
- Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in Colorado
- Master's degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University
Bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology, New York University
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I Training: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses & Traumatic Memory
San Francisco Women Against Rape: Rape Crisis Counselor Training
Specific training in working with survivors of rape, human trafficking, domestic violence & ritual abuse
The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado:
Intensive training in Synergetic Play Therapy™ & Nervous System Regulation
Working with Anger & Aggression in Therapy
Psychotherapy with Preteens and Teens
Grief and Loss in Psychotherapy
Working with High Conflict Divorce in Therapy
Sensory Processing Differences in Psychotherapy