"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."
Perhaps you have been feeling down for awhile or struggling with anxiety. Maybe you are stuck in old patterns that you are ready to change. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in my sessions I promote emotional, cognitive, and behavioral transformation. I have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track.
Ever since I was young I wanted to help others and I truly love working with people. I have been a counselor in various ways my entire adult life and in private practice for the last 18 years. I am committed to the well-being of all my clients and see the therapeutic relationship as a sacred partnership. A session with me is very interactive and I shine a light on that which lies beneath the surface so that any sabotaging beliefs, old negative patterns and wounds stop running your life. Please feel free to call or email me to ask any questions you may have.
My Therapeutic Approach
I treat people from a holistic framework, which means I address how the presenting problem is operating on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels. My holistic approach includes Hypnotherapy, Brainspotting, EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness based techniques and other effective tools that I draw upon depending on what will most benefit my client at the time. My clients often find that even after one session they are more empowered to influence the direction of their lives.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy:
Hypnotherapy is a powerful modality that allows us to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious mind. This is very important since the subconscious stores our past such as outdated negative programming, unresolved trauma and emotions that continue to sabotage our present choices and life experiences. Hypnotherapy allows to communicate and work directly with the outdated programming and create new ways of thinking and responding.
Benefits of Brainspotting
Brainspotting was developed by David Grand while using EMDR with a client in 2003. Instead of rapid eye movement, we are using specific spots in your visual field that help access unprocessed trauma trapped in the subcortical brain. As you focus on the spot, I help you stay resourced and present with the memories, feelings, physical sensations that come to the surface. This an powerful and effective modality to process trauma as well stuck emotional and mental patterns in a very safe and personal way.
Benefits of EMDR:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) has been noted nationally as an effective form of treatment for trauma. Major traumatic events that lead to PTSD symptoms can significantly be helped as well as less severe experiences that may happen in childhood that are hurtful and impact one's self esteem. If these experiences are too disturbing or upsetting they can disrupt the information processing system of the brain causing the memory to be stored along with negative thoughts, emotions and even physical sensations. EMDR helps the brain process these stored memories so they no longer trigger you or color how you view and react to the present moment.
Benefits of IFS
IFS operates from the understanding that people possess multiple parts that are like parts of an internal family system. These parts of ourselves get activated depending on the situation, environment or people we are with. These parts develop early on in life as coping strategies to maintain attachment with our care givers. Often they are unconscious ways to protect ourselves from feeling hurt, rejected, criticized, or not good enough in some way. IFS helps increase self awareness and self acceptance. We don't pathologize the parts such as the common "inner critic" or "perfectionist" but address the underlying beliefs and fears of these parts. As well learn more adaptive and healthier ways to meet the deeper needs of the parts so they can stop running your life.
Benefits of CBT:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps us we weed out old negative and harmful thought patterns and replace them with more truthful and logical ones. CBT empowers you to think differently, so in turn you feel better and are better able to handle tough situations that arise. You will learn skills to stop catastrophic and black and white thinking that prevent you from living a joyful life.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a state of being fully present. Being mindful means we know what we are doing while we are doing it. Modern life is full of distractions, busyness and multitasking. I teach my clients mindfulness based techniques because it helps slow down the nervous system so we become more emotionally regulated. Mindfulness practices leads us to be less reactive and overwhelmed and instead more empowered to respond to life's stressors with intention and clarity. Studies have shown that mindfulness reduces anxiety, depression, improves sleep and lowers blood pressure. I find that it also creates more joy, contentment, patience, compassion and stronger relationships.
ISSUES I CAN HELP YOU WITH
Stress & Anxiety- Helping you get free of negative beliefs that create the "shoulds" and "have tos" that are unachievable. Develop coping skills so you will be resilient in the face of life's challenges. Learn minfulness, self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to manage every day stress.
Depression- Reduce feelings of helpless & hopelessness, eliminate self-sabotaging thinking, and develop new habits that increase your energy, reclaim enthusiasm.
Trauma & Abuse- Resolve past trauma/abuse (i.e., sexual abuse, rape, childhood traumas, accidents and feel empowered today to influence your life.
Grief & Loss- Process and resolve anger, sadness, guilt and so that you can adapt, forgive, accept and cultivate new ways of being in the world.
Addictions & Co-Dependency- Helping you change unwanted habits such as smoking, excessive drinking or negative relationship patterns and replacing these habits with life affirming choices.
Weight & Body Image - Transforming negative beliefs and sabotaging habits, creating a healthy and empowering body image, developing self-respect & acceptance so you can establish your ideal weight.
Pre & Post Op - Reducing presurgical fear and creating feelings of calm confidence. Helping minimize pain, improve appetite, reduce bleeding, and enhance your recovery process.
Fears and Phobias- Decrease or eliminate fear and the fight or flight response that have become a learned and practiced response to certain triggers. Develop a inner calm and confident state when faced with that stimuli.
When it comes to your mental health and overall well-being, it’s important to have a knowledgeable professional you can turn to. Over the years, I’ve provided counseling and psychological services to many clients throughout the Boulder area.
State of Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor
M.A. Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Delaware
Certified Clinical Counseling Hypnotherapist
Colorado School of Counseling and Hypnotherapy Training
Certified Brainspotting Practitioner
Brainspotting Trainings LLC
EMDR for Hypnotherapists
Colorado School of Counseling Hypnotherapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Treating Trauma with IFS-Certificate Training
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk Intensive Treatment Course
Certified in Advanced Cellular Release Therapy
The Colorado School of Counseling and Hypnotherapy Training
Certified HypnoBirthing® Fertility Therapist (HBFT)
Affiliated with The HypnoBirthing®Institute
Reiki Levels I, II & III
Educational Center for Healing Outreach
Levels I & II A
Healing Touch International
Certified Prenatal Parenting Instructor
The Institute for Perinatal Education
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