Passionate about inspiring others
"I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can't change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
~Charles de Lint, author
Doing my bit to create a world in which we look out for each other continues to be a motivator in my life. I've always enjoyed connecting with others and helping them feel happy. My friends growing up seemed to know that. I was often the one they called at the latest or earliest hours of the day when they were feeling down, angry, or confused. Maybe it's a gift, maybe a blessing, maybe a calling. Whatever it is, it has never dwindled.
Honing my craft
After earning a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, I began my career as a case manager at a dual-diagnosis treatment center. Although I liked helping clients with day-to-day tasks and offering hope, I found that clients felt comfortable with me and wanted to open up deeper conversations. I knew I was destined to be a therapist. Earning a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado allowed me to work on a deeper level with clients. After working with young adults on anger management and relationship issues, I knew I had more to offer. I returned to school and earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Florida in Counseling Psychology. Having spent time working a psych hospital, career counseling center, university counseling centers, and private practice, I pursued an administrative position to learn about management and leadership issues, while my private practice catered to couples and relationship work.
Along my journey, I learned that I enjoyed speaking opportunities and writing. Because the most common concern for which people seek professional mental health help is anxiety, and because many clients have told me that they've learned a lot about anxiety, but have never had anyone explain it to them the way I do, I zeroed in on learning to help people better manage anxiety. I also wrote a book focused on learning to better understand and manage anxiety.
My career has been built upon connecting with adults and helping them learn to understand the world around them and make positive changes in their lives. I've seen what can happen when a group of people learn a new set of skills while seeing the world from a different perspective. They become energized. They continue the conversation. Speaking gives me the opportunity to connect with a larger group of people at the same time, a chance to create a collective energy, and a chance for inspirational synergy. I bring my passion for inspiring others to anyone who wants to better understand mental health and make positive changes in their lives and communities. Inspirational synergy...think about it...talk about it...let's do it.
Licensed as a psychologist in Colorado and Florida.
PhD in Counseling Psychology.
Private practice therapist since 2012.
Four years of administrative, management, and upper-level collaboration at a large organization.
Over a decade of therapy experience with couples.