I obtained my Masters of Arts in Counseling from a Colorado Christian University (CCU), a CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) university. CCU is one of the top ranked counseling schools in the nation, and at CCU I received training in the areas of: individual and group therapy, ethics, crisis and trauma, human growth and development, play therapy, marriage and family, addictive behaviors, career counseling, theories of counseling, psychopathology, and appraisal (assessments). In all of these courses I found myself heavily researching the areas of trauma and attachment. I studied the impact of trauma on the brain and body, and how it alters our day to day interactions and overall lifestyle.
One pattern I started to notice in almost every journey I walked through with people was trauma, in almost every form. Almost every individual was able to recall a time where their journey was altered due to a tragic or unwanted event. It was so common for most people to struggle and continue struggling due to the overwhelming sense of the event they endured. This is where I became passionate about being educated on trauma and attachment.
I have attended seminars, webinars, trainings, and conferences where I learned from experts in the field. I also began studying different areas in the healing of trauma, and one that drew me very close was animal-assisted therapy. I became very passionate about this subject that I researched it closely and was had the opportunity to co-present at Colorado’s Counseling Association on “Animal-Assisted Therapy: Impact on brain, emotionality, and healing for traumatized children”. I continue, to this day, to study the impact trauma has in our lives and alternate theories and therapies that can be used to set people free from the shame and darkness that trauma overtakes in our lives.
I have a list below of people and subjects I have taken attended seminars, trainings, and conferences to:
- “Trauma, Attachment, and Neuroscience” by Bessel van der Kolk and for more information on his work: http://www.traumacenter.org/
- “EMDR” by Linda Curran and for more information on her work: https://trauma101.com/?pID=77
- Motivational Interviewing by Jeanine Hall and for more information on MI: http://www.motivationalinterviewing.org/
- “Interpersonal Neurobiology” by Daniel Siegel and for more information on his work: http://www.drdansiegel.com/
- “Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)” by Ryan Kennedy and for more information on DBT: http://www.linehaninstitute.org/research.php
- “Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy” by Duey Freeman and Joan Reiger, Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies www.gestaltequineinstitute.com
- “Trauma and Attachment Mastery Course” by Diane Poole-Heller to learn more go to: www.dianepooleheller.com
- “Animal Assisted Therapy Program” by Linda Chaasman