I'm Here to Help!

I am here to help. I believe my journey, obstacles and all, have made me a stronger person and a better counselor and coach. I understand because I have experienced many of the things that bring people into my office. I have found a rich array of ways to help myself through difficult times and I am always willing to share what I have learned with my clients. One of the most important qualities of an effective healer is how well they have worked through their own issues.

The issues that I have faced include depression, anxiety, grief, addiction and PTSD. I didn’t allow myself to get stuck in the heaviness of these obstacles and pursued my own counseling, coaching, energy healing, independent study and a variety of other holistic health approaches.

The Wounded Healer

During my struggle with depression, doctors prescribed anti-depressants, but the medication proved to be toxic for me, creating even more severe anxiety and panic as well as a myriad of other negative symptoms. About the same time I met a chiropractor who introduced me to a holistic approach.

I was able to get off of all medication and life balanced out. After a car crash in 2003 I once again sought alternatives, and with the aid of a holistic “team” consisting of a counselor, chiropractor, acupuncturist and clinical nutritionist. I was able to find health, wellness and balance once again-without drugs. I am convinced that a holistic approach that balances body, mind and spirit in the person as a whole, is the most effective and lasting approach.

More recently I faced my addiction to alcohol for the second time in my life. I believe this "second chance" at sobriety is a true gift of grace. I strive to live my life whole heartedly and authentically even when it gets "messy." I have learned a variety of self help techniques as well as pulled together a wonderful support system. I can help you develop your resources too.

Stepping Into My Soul Medicine

My life journey has led me into the field of life coaching, counseling and holistic health. In the last 15 years I have studied some wonderful and powerful techniques to help a person find healing and balance in their life and once again find the path to health, happiness, joy, passion, abundance, joy and inspiration.

I hold a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. I have been certified in body-energy and earth centered healing. I am a certified Life Optimization Coach and a certified Nutrition Advisor. My private practice focus is on holistic healing, helping people move through grief, stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions by looking at the mind, body, spirit as a whole. I use a wide variety of techniques including Essential Oil Therapy using Young Living Essential Oils, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Qigong, Somatic Archaeology and SoulCollage®. I trust the techniques I use because I have experienced their healing benefits first-hand.

Prior to opening my practice in 2005, I worked in city government where I enjoyed helping people. After receiving my BS in Criminal Justice at Metro State College, I went to the University of Colorado at Denver and earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am a Colorado native and still live in my hometown, Arvada. I enjoy SoulCollage®, camping, hiking, dirt bike riding, photography, and gardening as well as spending time with my 3 dogs and my cat Miko (who thinks she is a dog).