Family Counselor & Therapist | Fort Collins, CO
I used to hide behind a list of credentials, clinical experience, and education on this page because I was following an “about me” formal script. Since I am not terribly formal and I like to be creative and authentic, this wasn’t really feeling right for me. I want this page to help you decide if I will be a good fit for you, not just list my professional accomplishments (although they are listed at the end if you’re interested).
You probably want to know 1. Do I know what I’m doing? (scroll down to see credentials) and 2. What inspires me to work with anxiety, co-dependency, and trauma?
I love working with individuals, children, and families with these struggles because I’ve been there! I understand first-hand what it’s like not having boundaries and putting others’ needs before my own. I know how challenging and anxiety-provoking it is to be a parent, especially when your child is struggling. I know how unresolved trauma can hijack your life, sap your joy and energy, and make you feel crazy. I have bravely slayed the dragons of my past and re-claimed myself in the process. I want the same for you and/or your child and I wholeheartedly believe you have the courage and resilience to succeed.
Because I have been there, I know what it takes to get out. I work best with clients who really want to feel better, who feel like they have tried everything, and who are ready to accept help and work hard in therapy. I can’t change you, only you can do that. I can support, guide, and encourage you along the way and I would be honored and thrilled to do so.
True confession = I am a self-help junkie. I used to think I could read my way through life’s challenges (otherwise referred to as intellectualizing). Guess what I eventually found out? Unless you actually learn to feel your feelings (especially the really yukky ones) you won’t feel any better. Sounds like an oxymoron right? Wrong. We humans don’t want to feel bad, so we do anything to avoid it (drinking, eating, keeping busy, watching TV, losing ourselves in social media, sleeping, worrying, acting out….) I would love to help you learn how to move through your feelings so you don’t have to stay stuck in the avoidance cycle like I was.
I am not a “smile and nod” therapist. I will jump into the trenches with you, challenge you to dig deep, and give you “homework” assignments. No topic is off-limits with me – sex, money, guilt, shame, fear, addiction – I want you to lighten your load so you can move past it all.
The answer to question #1 is Yes, I do know what I’m doing. I love what I do and I’m really good at it.
Here is the list of my credentials/experience:
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Colorado, a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a level II EMDR practitioner.
I returned to graduate school when my own children were teenagers and graduated with masters degrees in clinical and school counseling from the University of Northern Colorado in 2012.
My counseling experience includes individual and group work with adults, children, and families in a mental health agency, elementary and middle school counseling, in-home family therapy for families with children at risk for out-of-home placement, and private practice.
I currently volunteer for SAVA (Sexual Abuse Victims Advocacy), and Restorative Justice as a way to give back to my community and serve on the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Taskforce for the Fort Collins Child Advocacy Center (CAC). I belong to the following professional organizations: ACA (American Counseling Association), APT (Association for Play Therapy), CAPT (Colorado Association for Play Therapy), CSTA (Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association), IAMFC (International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors), EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), and TDI (Therapy Dogs International).
I was born and raised in England and Norway and have chosen to live in Colorado most of my adult life. In my free time I enjoy running, skiing, my animals, practicing yoga, dancing to Hip Hop, creating art, and competing in triathlons. I have been married for 27 years (with all the ups and downs that go along with marriage and child rearing). I love spending time outdoors with family and friends and am always up for an adventure!
I LOVE working with clients who suffer from anxiety and co-dependency because they are usually intelligent, caring, and sensitive. Once they learn healthier coping skills, heal from their past, and start to nurture themselves – their lives literally transform. It’s so rewarding!