Welcome and congratulations on embarking on a journey of self-discovery through counseling! I am a firm believer that everyone can benefit from counsel at some point in their lives.
I have my Master’s in School Psychology and I am in the process of completing my Doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. I also have a Master’s in Educational Psychology, a Biology Degree and I am licensed to teach Science and Gifted and Talented in the State of Colorado.
I have spent over two decades in education as a science teacher, a gifted and talented coordinator and most recently, a school psychologist. I have spent a year working at an inpatient mental health facility and three years in at-home care. I enjoy focusing on facilitating learning through student directed projects. I have always believed that individuals reach their potential by first gaining knowledge of their specific learning styles as well as understanding one's strengths and weaknesses. With a student/client-centered approach, adults can foster a love of learning about themselves and the world around them. This is the same approach I take when counseling kids and teens.
I spent a year during my predoctoral internship at Cedar Springs, an in-patient mental health facility in Colorado Springs. Here I did extensive group and individual work with children and adolescents diagnosed with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), mood irregularities, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In addition, I worked in the out-patient program running group and individual counseling sessions. In the school setting, I spent two years working as a school psychologist intern focusing on establishing partnerships between parents, teachers and students, conducting psychoeducational testing, educational and behavioral interventions as well as group and individual therapy in a school environment. Within treatment, I incorporate collaborative problem solving, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy strategies.