"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
I am a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist working with individuals and couples using psychodynamic, emotion focused, and internal family systems therapy techniques practicing in Fort Collins, Colorado. I am also a faculty member at Colorado State University, where I research and teach in areas focused on supporting mental health providers, promoting mental health, and increasing access to care.
I'm a Floridian but haven't lived there in more than 15 years, and while I miss the ocean, I'm grateful for the 300+ days of sunshine in Fort Collins. The mountains speak to me more than the beaches ever did, so I'm happy to call Colorado my home. I spend lots of time outdoors, walking and hiking with my pup, and I travel with my spouse every chance we get. We've made to it 46 states and 9 countries so far. I'm also a podcast junkie and enjoy yoga, reading, painting, astrology, and chatting with friends over coffee.
My path to becoming a therapist has been a long and winding one. Although I've always known it was my calling, I first pursued it too early in my life and was shown I hadn't done enough of my own healing to be able to sit with others through theirs. So I decided instead, to study it (I guess the old adage-- if you can't do, teach-- was true for me). I spent more than a decade researching and teaching about what works to support mental health and wellbeing and how to help therapists be better therapists.
During that time I also worked on myself, building better habits in exercise, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and trying different kinds of ego-based therapies. Yet after all this work on myself and after achieving so much of what I thought was success-- my dream career, living in my ideal location, building a beautiful life with a loving partner, great friends and lots of self care-- I realized I still felt unfulfilled. I had everything I thought I wanted in life, and was still unhappy. It was then I realized that none of those things I had attained could fill the void I was feeling inside. I couldn't run away from or avoid my soul any longer. I couldn't "know" or make sense of my life, I had to actually feel it, experience it, and live it. I couldn't ignore my calling to do deep healing and to help others heal.
And so I had to do the work-- to face the unconscious that had driven my life for so long instead of looking for surface level solutions to "fix" my problems, to explore the impact of trauma not only on my mind and body but on my soul, to connect with my psycho-spiritual life. I spent years exploring the power of dreams, mythology, astrology, spirituality, and allowed space to reconnect with my soul. I also learned to be present in my body, to sit with myself, to build intimacy with others from the inside out. A whole new world opened up to me as I dove into the underworld of my psyche, faced my pain, told my story, shed the layers that weren't me but were what society, culture, and family had told me I should be. I discovered myself...who I am beneath the layers of protection built up in my own lifetime and that of the generations of trauma passed down to me.
This all was only possible for me in the context of my own personal therapy. Although this work must be undertaken by oneself, having a therapist by your side to witness it all, until you can witness it for yourself is crucial for healing. I also found it essential to have a therapist who believed that trauma happens in real relationships, so healing can only happen in the context of real relationships too. It was then that I realized I could no longer continue my work as a psychologist without being a therapist myself.
After 15 years of doing my own healing and I was ready again to pursue practicing therapy. Although I found my path through Marriage and Family Therapy, my specific experiences and training in the inner landscape of the mind, dream analysis, spirituality and the relational context of healing are what guide my practice. I still enjoy studying, researching, and teaching at the university, yet my greatest fulfillment comes from working directly with others in therapy, developing healing relationships with others, and holding space for them to become who they truly are meant to be. I feel deep gratitude for having the privilege to help others awaken their own inner wisdom to guide their healing.
If you're feeling called to explore your own depths to find healing, feel free to call, email, or text me to learn more about my approach.
Marriage & Family Therapist Candidate, Colorado License: MFTC.0013968
Registered Psychotherapist, Colorado License: NLC.0108163
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of South Carolina
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, The University of Notre Dame
M.A., Developmental Psychology, The University of Notre Dame
B.S., Psychology, Stetson University
Internal Family Systems Therapist, Certification In Progress
PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) Therapist, Certified
Gottman Method Couple Therapist Certified
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Pre-Clinical Fellow
2017-present, Associate Director, Colorado State University Prevention Research Center
2015-present, Research Scientist, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Colorado State University
2013-2015, Director of Undergraduate Program, Psychology Department, University of South Carolina
2010-2015, Post-doctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, University of South Carolina