"People spend a lifetime searching for happiness, looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill that emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within."- Ramona L. Anderson
I have been working in the addiction counseling field for the last 10 years in outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential settings. While my formal training is in mental health counseling, my passion is in treating co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse/ misuse).
There is no cookie cutter template when approaching client/ therapist dynamics, as everyone's clinical picture, background and goals are different. I am a client-centered therapist, but I also pull from many different techniques and modalities including: Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing, to name a few.
My experience has shown that when working with clients who have concerns about substance abuse/ misuse, more often than not there are also underlying mental health symptoms at play, often times manifesting as anxiety, depression, etc. I specialize in treating these issues concurrently, while helping you "connect the dots" to outline a solid foundation to move forward, accomplish your goals and live well.
Colorado State University, Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, 2002
Regis University, Master's Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 2010
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC #11360), since 2013
Currently working toward CSAT credentialing (certified sex addiction therapist)
Addiction, substance abuse/misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders
Stress and solution- focused goal setting
Anxiety disorders/ depressive disorders, strengths- based coping skills
Working through life transitions
Individuals, couples and adolescents
In the process of becoming a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT)
I graduated with my Master's degree in 2010 and started working at a private practice in Parker, CO doing individual therapy, group therapy for DUI offenders and drug and alcohol evaluations for the Douglas County court system. After 2 years I had my post-graduate clinical hours and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2013.
I started working as a counselor at CeDAR in 2013. CeDAR is a residential drug and alcohol treatment program that is a part of the University of Colorado Hospital. The program consists of a multidisciplinary team of addiction psychiatrists, MD's, nurses, chaplains, counselors and recovery coaches. CeDAR is an evidence-based and trauma-informed program that specializes in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders. I started working at CeDAR in 2013 as a counselor and in 2017 was promoted to clinical team lead/ supervisor for the men's programs, where I managed the men's clinical team.
I left CeDAR in 2019 and I am now the Clinical Director of Choice House, In Boulder.
I am currently working toward CSAT credentialing (certified sex addiction therapist).
I am a recovering alcoholic. My sobriety date is May 22nd, 2008.
Give me a call or send an email to arrange a free consultation to see if I would be the right fit for you.
685 Briggs Street
Erie, CO 80516