Lindsay’s Journey to Becoming a Counselor
I was born and raised in Maryland, growing up I loved the Chesapeake Bay and the ocean but was also in awe of the mountains I’d get to see every year when visiting my family in Tennessee. I must say, as beautiful as they are, they aren’t quite as breathtaking as the mountains here in Colorado, which has become a home away from home.
I have felt a connection to animals and nature for as long as I can remember. That along with an inherent need to help others led me to finding my passion, animal-integrated therapies and counseling. However, my educational journey and realization of my interest in psychology began long before. At 21, I received a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History with a minor in psychology, which was my first inkling that I was interested in experiential therapies, such as art, as I learned what a profound role they can play in human beings’ mental processing. My fascination with the human mind, why people do the things they do or think a certain way, and the connections between life experience and outcome, made me want to learn as much as I could about the subject.
After taking some time from school, I found myself unfulfilled; I wasn’t doing what I loved. I spoke with people in the fields of counseling, psychology, and social work, knowing I wanted to work with and help people. I decided to go back to school for my bachelor’s in social work, which would allow me to incorporate all of my interests. Upon graduating, I knew I wanted to pursue a master’s degree in the field, focusing on clinical counseling through experiential therapies.
I was accepted to the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. What drew me to the program is the school’s well-known and highly respected Institute for Human-Animal Connection, where I’d be able to obtain my Animal Assisted Therapy Certification while pursuing my degree. Though I had never been to Colorado before, I knew studying there was what I wanted, plus I needed a bit of an adventure after living in the same small town in Maryland my entire life, so I packed up all my things and made the 1,700 mile drive to Denver. I was afforded the opportunity to study what I loved, obtain my Animal Assisted Certification, and meet some truly amazing people, who along with the mountains and breathtaking sites, made me want to make Colorado my home.
Lindsay’s Approach to Counseling
I operate from a strengths-based perspective, believing that everyone has the ability to overcome obstacles in their lives if they are empowered and have the coping mechanisms to do so. I work within cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed therapy, experiential therapy, and animal-assisted therapy.
Lindsay specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with:
- Life Transitions
- Substance Abuse
- Grief and Loss
Life is subjective and based on circumstances; we naturally respond to and draw from our environments and experiences, which are different for every individual. Once someone understands their own story, the path to where they want to be becomes much clearer, and walking that path changes from an idea to a possibility.