Your Journey to Becoming a Counselor
My love for nature, psychology, and wellness have been powerful components of both my personal and professional life. I grew up spending much of my time outdoors and with animals. I have always had a passion for understanding the inner workings of the human mind; our motivations, relationships, and how we heal. My own journey in psychotherapy has been transformative and ultimately led me to the decision to become a therapist myself. I began studying psychology in undergraduate school, simultaneously deepening my knowledge and curiosity for the subject. I then pursued a master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on mental health and human, animal, environment interactions. I have found a true passion for the facilitation and collaboration of healing with humans and nature.
Your Approach to Counseling
As a clinician, I understand the vulnerability and hard work that is required in therapy. Creating a space rooted in trust and relationship are important aspects of my work. I like to take a relational, nervous-system informed approach that allows for both safety and challenge in our work together. I believe that family of origin and past experiences shape how we walk through the world. With that, I also believe that our brains can create new neural pathways and subsequently create new, desirable patterns and outcomes. In my work I utilize gestalt therapy, experiential work, EMDR, and mindfulness. I have witnessed and experienced the healing power of the natural world, our interconnectedness, and want to share it with others in a meaningful way.
I am interested in working with adolescents, adults, and couples within the following areas:
- Equine and Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy
- Nature-Based Therapy
Trainings, Memberships, and Degrees
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate (SWC)
Master of Social Work (University of Denver)
Human Animal Environment Interactions Certificate (University of Denver)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Ohio University)
Currently pursuing a certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Currently pursuing a Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies Psychotherapist Certificate