Hannah’s Journey to Becoming a Counselor
Before moving to New York City in my adolescence, I vividly remembering making forts in my backyard in the suburbs of New Jersey. I would sit beneath the cherry trees and pines and pretend I was in an impenetrable fortress. When I moved to the city, my longing for connection to the natural world never faded. Once I graduated high school, I decided to head into the wilderness on a NOLS trip. I backpacked and kayaked from Norway to Sweden and was deeply moved by the self-confidence and courage that was instilled in me. I began to re-connect to myself and the world around me. I was hooked to the ways in which the natural world was able to heal.
Being called by the mountains, I made my way to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder where I studied business. I continued to immerse myself in nature and dive deeper into the inner peace and sense of sanctuary the natural world provided for me. After graduating from CU and working in marketing, I felt that something was missing from my life. As a little girl I always knew that I was going to help others and I was being called to start that journey.
I began graduate school at Naropa University where I am currently studying wilderness therapy. Through my own experience as a client of equine therapy and my experience working with horses through my school’s program, I immediately knew that being an equine therapist was something I wanted to pursue. I am currently interning at the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, learning about horsemanship and the ways in which our relationships with horses can help us heal ourselves and our relationships.
Hannah’s Approach to Counseling
My approach is relationship based and experiential. I believe that healing occurs when we are in true relationship with ourselves and other beings. I utilize experiential therapy in my work, creating a safe space for clients to fully experience what is happening for them in the moment.
I embrace the belief of a holistic approach, focusing on body, mind and spirit. I help clients get in touch with and connect with all parts of themselves. I work with clients to explore the roots of their behaviors and help guide them to understand these behaviors and make changes around them.
Hannah’s Areas of Interest
I am interested in working with adolescents, young adults, and families/couples in the areas of:
- Eating Disorders
- Life Transitions/Rites of Passage