For the past ten years I have served as a mentor to children, adolescents, and young adults, with the last three years working directly as a therapist. I obtained my Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. I received training in the areas of: counseling theory, career counseling, psychopathology, basic and intermediate counseling techniques, legal and ethical issues, multicultural counseling, group counseling, motivational interviewing, research methods, learning application and analysis, mindfulness & trauma, lifespan development, program development and evaluation, assessment, animals in the therapeutic setting, animal-assisted social work practice, evidence supported animal assisted social work, practicum and internships. Through my educational experiences, I found myself drawn to the idea of how the human-animal bond can play a role in the healing process – particularly in the healing process with children who have experienced trauma.
As I continue to grow as a clinician, I seek out opportunities for learning. I enjoy attending trainings, conferences, and other various seminar experiences that allow me to connect with other professionals in my areas of interest and receive training from the experts in the field.