My therapeutic approach is based on attachment, solution-focused, and strategic therapy theories. I feel that serving my clients is to help them to use solutions that come from within, and work to fit your unique personal life and relationships. I am strategic in that I gather information to have a deeper understanding of how the problem(s) are affecting your personal life and relationships. I help clients to see what solutions are working in their lives, and what solutions are not working - only making the problem worse. The therapeutic objective is to work myself out of a job in that I help to create change through informed solutions.
As seen in the areas of focus, I work with families experiencing relational issues, divorce, co-parenting, blending systems, and reunification. My goal in working with families is to break down the perspective of the “broken home”. As a child of divorce/blended family system and being a co-parent after my divorce, I believe that being informed in identifying the problem(s) and strategically implementing change will bring the best solutions. This defies the belief of a broken home, and leads to resilience. I completed a 40-hour mediation training to add to my expertise, and also provide mediation consulting services for those in the mediation process. So many decisions are made that even the ones that may seem small will be large later down the road. Being informed leads us to a greater sense of foresight, which can be more helpful than hindsight.
As a therapist and a person, I acknowledge that life’s challenges and struggles can make it seem, at times, impossible to feel a confident inner belief in the self and others. There are times when critical decisions need to be made, and seeing options can be significantly difficult The most empowering decision is to recognize when help is needed, and beginning a road to increased confidence and relational connectivity.
I earned my Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through Regis University. Prior to being in private practice, my background was in Social Work and Human Services. I served individuals with severe mental illness and developmental/intellectual/cognitive disabilities, and their families for over 15 years. I continue to volunteer my time to this population.
Areas of Focus
Healthy, Effective Communication
Marital and Premarital
Questioning relational commitment
Consultation for decision-making through divorce process of mediation
I am a member and receive continued education opportunities through the following professional organizations:
AAMFT - American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
COAMFT - Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
CCA - Colorado Counseling Association
AFCC - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
BIDC - Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee