I remember as a young girl sitting at the kitchen counter while my mother was cooking asking her questions about why people did what they did. I was trying to understand my friends, my teachers and myself in the world of relationships. In turn my mom would share stories about her work as a nurse at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Her stories touched me and I found myself being moved and curious. I was discovering that there is something incredibly alive about relationships. The pain and the joy. All of it. I decided at that time when I was 10 years old that I wanted to be a counselor.
I am a licensed psychotherapist in Boulder, Colorado, where I have been in private practice for more than 30 years.
I hold a BA in Biology from The University of Northern Colorado (1980), a master’s degree from Naropa University (1987) in Counseling Psychology, and a doctoral degree from the Taos Institute–University of Tilburg in the Netherlands (2013) in Social and Behavioral Science. My dissertation, titled Careering: Generating a Path From Uncertainty to Discovery, is based on research I conducted by first challenging traditional notions of career then utilizing cross-generational storytelling between women and girls to shed light on my concept of careering which emphasizes a dynamic and social approach to career. I have received advanced training in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Solution Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Family Systems, Group and Conflict Facilitation, Jungian Dream Patterning Analysis and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), and I am certified in Brainspotting (BSP).
Some of my own careering includes running a forklift at a recycling center, teaching high school biology, leading wilderness programs, serving as a psychiatric crisis clinician, providing consultation and planning for nonprofit organizations and private businesses, establishing and providing intervention counseling services in high school settings, family therapist in a school based treatment program, and teaching the following courses in a masters level university counseling psychology program: Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused and Postmodern Therapies, and Counseling Relationship Skills.
- 30 years in private practice
- Master in Counseling Psychology
- PhD in Organizational Psychology
- Certified in Brainspotting
- Certified as an Advanced Dream Pattern Analyst
- Advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
- Advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
- Advanced training in family systems
- Advanced training in trauma treatment and neurobiology