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About Me

After working with children and families for 15 years in foster care and adoption settings, I developed a passion for empowering people who have experienced trauma, grief and loss, and who struggle with relationship issues.  Life always presents challenges and the ability to move through those challenges with a strong sense of self is important. I work closely with clients to develop a strong therapeutic relationship, which engenders an environment of safety and promotes healing.

The therapeutic interventions that I use are emotion focused and incorporate cognitive behavioral (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior (DBT) therapy techniques. This is especially helpful in assisting clients who experience challenges in communicating and managing emotion, and is especially useful when working with children and adolescents who are experiencing behavioral issues.

I work with children and families, adolescents and adult clients with an emphasis in infidelity work.

University of Colorado Denver - MA, Clinical Psychology

License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Candidate
Licensed Therapeutic Foster Parent - Maple Star Colorado, 1997 - 2002
Licensed Therapeutic Foster Parent - Clear Creek County, 1990 - 1995

COMIRB Education Certification – Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board, August 2008 (Re-certified January 2011)
HIPAA Education Certification – The Department of Health and Human Services, August 2008

Excellence in Advocacy for Youth – Maple Star Colorado
Service Award – Clear Creek County Department of Human Services

Nell Fahrion Award for Excellence in Psychology – University of Colorado Denver – May 2009

Additional Training
The emphasis in training has been in the arena of trauma and grief and loss.  

Professional Activities and Memberships
Latin Honors in Psychology, University of Colorado at Denver – May 2009
Nell Fahrion Award for Excellence in Psychology – University of Colorado Denver – May 2009

Member, American Psychological Association – March 2009 – 2014
Member, American Psychological Society – March 2009 – 2014