About Me: The Real Version
Prior to updating my website, I had a very professional-yet boring-"About Me" section. I have this degree, I have this training (and I'll keep it here for those that are curious). But my guess is that you are here to actually get a feel for who I am, what I believe, what I'm passionate about. So here it is...
I am an explorer. My work as a counselor has brought such a deep sense of purpose and perspective to my life. I want to use every second that I have on this earth. So I live-I travel as much as I can and try to say "Yes" to things, instead of "No". Everything that I encourage my clients to do, I also put into practice. That's only fair right?
I'm from a very small midwestern town. Growing up in the country taught me the beauty of nature, the need for quiet, and the importance of community and family. I have lived in several different states, each one teaching me new life lessons. I have a strong love and empathy for all living creatures. I have been known to catch and release every bug that I find crawling in my house or workplace. I once caught a wasp and released it outdoors. My coworkers may have thought I was insane...but I'm okay with that! I love learning, teaching and helping others. My self care includes hiking, snowboarding, dancing to live music, scuba diving (obviously not in Colorado-burr!), gardening and cooking.
And for those of you interested...here's the professional-style "About Me":
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. I have over 10 years' experience working with children, adolescents, and families. I received a B.A. in Psychology from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a M.S. in Community Counseling/Play Therapy Track from the University of North Texas. I am a Professional Member of the Association for Play Therapy, as well as owner of Healing Play, LLC. In addition, I am currently an Honorarium Supervisor at the University of Colorado-Denver Counseling Center and supervise new clinicians in the field.
I worked several years at Judi's House as a Grief Counselor and Clinical Supervisor where I became specialized in childhood grief. I have experience working with children diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses and have served as an in-home counselor for children experiencing difficulties such as abuse, family divorce, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays. Every client has taught me something along the way that I bring into each of my sessions.
My approach to counseling is eclectic in nature. What this means is that I view each person’s journey as unique. No one method or approach works for everyone. I utilize a multitude of expressive arts in my counseling sessions including sand tray, art and play as well as traditional talk therapy. I see therapy as a collaboration between the client and the therapist. I believe that all individuals are the experts on their own life. I will work to encourage you in your life, sit along side of you in your journey and help you to implement new strategies that allow you to be the best you can be.
Adult and Teen Counseling Area
Play Therapy Area