My Journey to Becoming a Counselor
I was born and raised in Montana and one of the things I love most about Montana is the big sky and the outdoors. I am lucky enough to have moved to a place where I am surrounded by what I love.
I started my educational adventures knowing that I loved working with people. I was fascinated by people and how they operated relationally, emotionally and psychically; so, I received my bachelors degree in Psychology.
I could not stop there because I loved what I was learning and I knew I wanted nothing more than to pursue my love for helping and working with people through counseling. I then moved to Colorado to pursue my dream as a counselor and have continued to passionately pursue my growth and development within the field of mental health.
My Approach to Counseling
As a counselor I am very relational and have an interactive style. I strongly believe that growth can only occur when an individual feels safe, trusts, and is in a consistent environment. I work to create a positive, collaborative, and strengths-based approach between individuals and myself. In my practice I have utilized talk therapy, experiential activities, play therapy, and animal-assisted therapy.
As I am starting any journey I always like to look toward where I am heading, and I believe in the same approach for counseling. I believe we are all heading toward our horizon and in counseling it is always important to remember where we are moving or growing toward.
I work with people of all backgrounds, religious and non-religious. I hold my Masters Degree from a Christian university which prepared me to integrate spirituality within my practice. I hold no judgment for anyone and the journey they are currently walking through, and every person is welcome where they are in the moment, regardless of their religious beliefs. By the ethics I uphold within the counseling profession, I cannot morally or ethically impose my values upon any person who walks into my office. Each individual’s strongest desire to integrate or not integrate spirituality will be held by that individual and respected by me as the counselor. I will never impose my values or belief system on anyone, and I welcome any conversation regarding the topic of spirituality and beliefs. The conversation of spirituality is held directly within the hands of each individual that walks into my office.
Credentials & Memberships
- Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling – Colorado Christian University (CACREP)
- Bachelors of Arts in Psychology – Montana State University of Billings
- Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) – State of Colorado
- National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- Trained in EMDR
- Train in Advanced Motivational Interviewing
- American Counseling Association (ACA) Member
- Colorado Counseling Association (CCA) Member