Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #LPCC5159
Masters of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology
My passions include fostering healthy relationships and finding ways to live more embodied and fulfilling lives. There is a saying that “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.” I personally know what it is like to “suffer” more than is necessary. I have chosen the counseling profession because of my own desire to personally improve, grow, and change and my hope to be a guide for others as they do the same. Sometimes we suffer more than we need to, I can help.
A graduate of the Somatic Counseling Psychology program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, I offer a holistic and unique approach psychotherapy. “Soma,” Greek for “body,” refers to the body-mind connection innate in each individual. Somatic, or body-inclusive, therapists are trained in integrating the wisdom of the body into the typically cognitive-based mental health field. I am trained to listen and observe not only what your verbal dialogue is communicating, but what your non-verbal dialogue expresses as well. This approach offers a deeper level of awareness and exploration that may be missed otherwise.
I have also provided counseling services to university faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have been a Mental Health Clinician for Mariposa County for over 2 years, was the Program Coordinator for starting the Wellness Center, and will be offering Wellness Programs and counseling in Yosemite National Park. I have worked with youth in Sacramento as a Mental Health Clinician and a college travel program while they explored India. I have also worked with Boulder Youth Body Alliance, a high school peer advocacy program promoting positive body image, healthy self-esteem, and preventative education for disordered eating and self-harming behaviors. I have worked with adults and youth in wilderness programs, has been a rock climbing guide at The Women’s Wilderness Institute in Colorado, and worked four years as a Park Ranger in Yosemite National Park. I enjoy rock climbing, backpacking, running, and the creative arts.