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I have spent most of my life living in Colorado, and like most Coloradans, I enjoy outdoor activities in this beautiful state. I am a big believer in self-care, and love to practice what I preach by participating in fun refueling activities such as golf, hiking, playing with my dogs, spending time with family and friends, and painting.
After graduating from college with an art degree, it took me a while to find my true “calling.” I enjoyed time in marketing, teaching art, and being a mom, and then went back to school to get my Masters in Counseling when my youngest child started kindergarten. It has been well over a dozen years that I have been in practice as a psychotherapist and I have never regretted my choice. I have learned volumes from the many unique and wonderful clients I have worked with over the years. No two people are alike, and no two clients are the same. Each brings something special to the counseling process and I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had to share in some small part of my clients’ journeys.
My training and experience:
I am the owner and founder of Greenwood Counseling Center and am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. I have been in private practice since early 2004 working with many wonderful individuals and couples from throughout the southern metropolitan Denver area. In addition to my counseling practice, I train clinicians in the use of EMDR therapy through my training business, EMDR Center of the Rockies. I have served as an Affiliate Faculty member at Regis University in their School for Professional Studies, teaching a variety of classes in their Master’s in Counseling program. My areas of expertise are primarily in work with clients struggling with trauma and complex trauma, anxiety, stress, grief, relationships and life transitions. I also enjoy helping clients who are interested in addressing their issues through the lens of their spirituality.
It is extremely satisfying for me to be a lifelong learner. The field of psychology is rapidly changing with new developments in research and education. As a result, I regularly attend seminars on a variety of mental health and psychology topics such as the treatment of anxiety, trauma, relationships, parenting, motivation, and the neurobiology of psychotherapy.
EMDR therapy is a cornerstone of my practice. I attended my initial training in EMDR therapy in 2003 and have continued to learn and practice in the field of EMDR throughout the years, becoming Certified as an EMDR Therapist and an EMDR Approved Consultant and in 2013, I added the EMDR therapy training piece to my career. The training and consultation I provide other clinicians has become a substantial portion of my career over the past several years, and it has helped me to grow as a clinician. Furthermore, I participate actively in a number of associations related to my areas of specialty, serving on the EMDRIA Standards and Training Committee and providing consultation to other clinicians seeking EMDR Certification.
I stay abreast of new information to help me bring my best to my expertise in this field. That all said, in spite of all of the continuing education, life is the best teacher. I attribute much of my knowledge about the ups and downs of life to the lessons I have learned in my own challenges and in raising my three grown children.
What do I love about my career?
I love being a part of my adult and teen clients’ journeys to happiness. I love mentoring and training other clinicians to help them to help others. Most of all, I love helping people to find and connect with their authentic self, and bring that confident self to their lives, families and careers.