I grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and earned a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Georgia. I moved to Colorado in 1981 because I loved to ski and wanted to live in a major city close to the mountains. I earned a Masters in Social Work from Denver University and was licensed to practice therapy in 1992.
I have worked with several different agencies in the Denver area including a residential treatment center for children between the ages of 5 and 12 as well as for Kaiser Permanente’s Mental Health Department. I also worked for the City of Lakewood, coordinating a counseling program serving clients ranging in age from 3 to 93.
I started my private practice on a part-time basis in 1998, specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. I have an eclectic approach to conducting therapy. I pull from a variety of models and approaches based on each client and their needs. I focus on client’s strengths and utilize concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy. I help my clients gain insight into themselves as well as teach them communication skills and strategies for dealing with emotions and triggering situations. I believe that providing a caring, safe environment lays the foundation for my clients to accomplish their goals. In addition to talk therapy I utilize EMDR (a form of treatment that helps process traumas or memories that are affecting current functioning), mindfulness techniques, and visualization and grounding exercises.
In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading, cooking, hiking, viewing wild life and being with family and friends.