“It takes two to speak the truth –one to speak, the other to hear.”Henry David Thoreau
Concerns related to addiction, mental health, or trauma can be complex and pervasive—and with effective treatment and support we all have potential for healing and transformation.
I provide integrative psychotherapy for a wide range of mental health concerns, such as life transitions, relational difficulties, grief, anxiety and depression, addiction, and trauma. I work with people seeking to get more out of their personal and professional lives, wanting to be their best selves, and striving to live life to the fullest. I treat a range of concerns related to the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of life and well being. Together we work to understand and overcome obstacles to change; to develop skills for effective living; to enjoy more fulfilling relationships – with self, others, and the world; and to improve overall well being. The therapeutic relationship, combined with individualized evidenced-based treatment, provides the context and medium for change.
Evidence-based practice as well as practice-based evidence informs my approach to treatment. I understand evidence-based practice as a process that weaves together careful and comprehensive assessment, empirically supported treatment, and the therapeutic relationship. Effective treatment often involves experimenting with different approaches and collaboratively evaluating them to determine what is useful, working, and most helpful. [See How do I know if therapy is working in FAQ’s]
I bring to my work two decades of experience in clinical practice. My longevity and success derive from the inspirational courage and resilience of the people with whom I work, a deep commitment to ongoing learning, and a growth-oriented philosophy that affirms strengths, enhances identity, and promotes real and lasting change.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC-III) in the State of Colorado and have completed several years of advanced clinical training in psychotherapy. Currently, I am a faculty member and trauma specialist at the Center for Social Innovation/t3 in Needham, MA and a therapist for an NIH-funded study at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO investigating the efficacy of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE). I volunteer for HealthRight International’s Human Rights Clinic, conducting psychological evaluations for refugees in the US who are fleeing torture and other severe abuses.
I have been working with people affected by mental health conditions, substance use, and trauma for more than 20 years as an outreach worker, case manager, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and program director. While working with Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights in Chicago, IL, I served as a trainer and consultant for the Iraq Integrated Trauma Treatment Project. I am currently a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work, and a past participant in and trainer for the National Council for Behavioral Health Trauma-Informed Learning Community.
I previously served as Adjunct Faculty at Grant Hospital’s Clinical Training Program for Addictions Counselors, a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work where I also coordinated the Trauma Studies Certificate Program and received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty in 2013.
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“People possess substantial personal expertise and wisdom regarding themselves – and tend to develop in a positive direction, given the proper conditions and support.”Bill Miller & Terri Moyers (2006)