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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field since 2000. I offer a strength-based approach to mental health counseling. My goal is to help you identify unhealthy patterns and themes that interweave your life. I strive to work with individuals and groups to change knee jerk reactions that ultimately create discomfort in order to achieve joy, balance, and perspective.
Prior to starting Thrive, I spent many years working as a K-12 school counselor and in the community mental health system. Many years of my practice have been in rural areas with few resources. This experience gave me an understanding of small town dynamics and how it can be difficult for people to access services, participate in group therapy, and even trust a provider. Thrive clients can know that confidentiality is of the utmost importance to this journey.
Outside of the office you will find me adventuring and recreating in the San Juans.
I want to help you become the best version of yourself. I believe that life is hard whether we have an organic predisposition, traumatic event, or any other of the ups and downs that life presents. It’s how we get through the tough times that is paramount. At times we turn to substances, food, or ineffective behaviors to numb the pain and avoid the present. We can all benefit from partnering with a therapist or coach during times of desired growth. We are human, imperfect, and at the same time, perfect as we are. I believe that therapy can provide an opportunity for learning, growth, and examination of themes we play out throughout of lives. I also believe that life is colorful and beautiful - just not every moment.
I help my clients identify pertinent values that will help them Thrive throughout their life. I believe in a skills-based treatment approach that is time-limited. Often ailments can keep us stuck from living our preferred life, either stuck in the past or worried about the future. Mindfulness, or attention to the present moment, is a core value at Thrive, woven into all modalities. I am most interested in working with clients from a health and wellness perspective. I believe at the intersection of emotional and physical well-being, we can find our best selves.
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EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Education and Experience
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Colorado #09923305
Master of Social Work, New York University, 2004
Bachelor’s of Science, Penn State University 2000
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Trauma and Stress Disorders
Bipolar and Mood Disorders
Body Dysmorphic Disorders
Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
COMMONLY USED TREATMENT MODALITIES
Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)
Second Wind Fund
Rocky Mountain Health Plan
Blue Cross and Blue Shield