I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology
with a specialty in Family Systems Work from the University of Alaska,
Anchorage; I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Colorado #815; and I am Level II EMDR Practitioner for trauma and grief work.
Even though I have been doing
therapy for over thirty-five years, I still absolutely love counseling. If I didn’t need the money (I have two
kids in college) I would do this work for free. During the therapy process I
find myself frequently astounded by the manner in which individuals are willing
to take risks, grow and heal. I see myself as a catalyst to their growth. I
feel privileged to be allowed to share with clients in this process. I also
feel blessed that I have been given the opportunity to engage with people in
such an intense and rewarding manner.
Initially I was trained in family systems theory, a clinical orientation
that I still feel extremely passionate about. Systems work is always at the core of any technique that I
utilize. However, over the years I
have expanded my work to include various additional techniques with a special
emphasis in humanistic, cognitive behavioral and EMDR approaches. I am a mixture of “head and heart”
in that I am very grounded in the analytic side, but also believe that therapy
needs to be “heart –felt”. I am
not new-age, in that I don’t believe that simply being in the present or
expressing feelings will solve difficult emotional problems. Rather I am more directive in nature. I don’t just sit and listen, but rather I actively engage with my
clients, explore feelings, share what I am perceiving, and present options for
change. I am transparent. My clients may ask and receive answers to just about anything that I am
thinking or feeling in regard to their treatment. I greatly respect each individual’s ability to know
themselves and help me know in what direction and how fast to move during the
I provide individual, marriage
and family therapy, and EMDR trauma treatment. In addition, I clinically supervise
candidates for licensure.
Areas of specialty include:
and family issues; depression; anxiety; panic attacks; grief; victimization;
bipolar disorders; ADD & ADHD; OCD; attachment disorders; phobias; and
For counseling services I charge $125/hr. I do not accept credit card payment. Most clients pay me with personal check.
For divorce services, including shared parenting consultation and counseling, I charge $190 per hour and do not accept credit card or insurance payments. Clients usually pay with a personal check.
I no longer accept insurance for payment. Clients pay me my full fee. If you have insurance, with some companies I can also bill your insurance for you and then your insurance company will reimburse you your benefit amount directly. With other companies I can give you a receipt which you can use to bill your insurance yourself.