ABOUT ME

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to outsiders. Growing up, I felt out of step with the world around me and blamed myself for not fitting the mold. It took years to come to terms with my LGBTQIA+ identity. The pain I felt colored every aspect of my experience growing up. It was only in adulthood that I was able to uproot the negative beliefs I’d held about myself. I found solace in the company of other people on the fringes and saw myself reflected in their pain, their dark humor, and their rebellious will to exist.


Art became a key part of my life as a young teenager. I channeled all of the intense emotions I felt towards myself, those around me, and the world at large into my paintings. It was around this age that I entered therapy myself and knew that it was what I wanted to do with my life. At 17, I learned about art therapy and started on the path of becoming an art therapist.


I’ve always yearned for spiritual nourishment. Unsatisfied with what my family’s religion had to offer, I sought out yoga and Buddhism. In college, I took a yoga teacher training and envisioned using the skills I learned there in a therapeutic way. The guiding philosophies – particularly the yamas and niyamas – shifted how I related to myself in a profound way. Lying in savasana, I felt at home and at ease in my body for the first time. 


The two most healing forces in my life – art and yoga – led me on a journey west, to Naropa University.


During my study of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy, I was able to weave counseling and meditative skills together. I learned different forms of meditation until I found a formula that worked for me: one that combines present moment awareness, physical relaxation, and bottomless self compassion. I shifted away from interrogating my pain to nurturing it, to welcoming it home rather than dissecting it. 


I am committed to providing a compassionate, healing space to others who are suffering. I’ve personally experienced how therapy helped me develop a relationship with myself that I couldn’t imagine in my youth. Instead of being my worst critic, I attend to the wounded places inside of me with gentleness and compassion. This is the purpose of my work and what I hope to offer the world. I work with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQ+ and gender identity issues.

 
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HOW I WORK

My approach is grounded in somatictrauma work and art therapy. It’s inherently influenced by my experience as a queer person, and I always keep systemic factors in mind. The way we move through the world is shaped by our various identities and how society either rewards or oppresses those traits. I’ll gently challenge you to let go of unhelpful messages you’ve learned about yourself so that you can be more authentically you.


Mindfulness, breathing, and visualization exercises are a big part of my work. I won’t tell you to just sit on the cushion – instead, we’ll practice intentional skills in session that you can use when you’re feeling distress in the world. I pride myself on taking a direct, no BS approach to these skills. We’ll explore what you need most, what techniques can best fit those needs, and how they work. 


You’ll be invited to examine the stories you’ve created about yourself. What’s working for you, and what needs to shift? What’s keeping you stuck in harmful patterns, and how would you like to feel instead? This is all done with great care and respect for the strategies that have helped you survive in the past that may be hindering you in the present. While I’ll challenge you, I’ll also track your progress and help you celebrate your successes along the way. 


I applaud you, no matter where you’re at in your journey, for making the decision to change. Remember that you are inherently precious simply because you exist. And you deserve to reclaim that truth.

 

WHO AM I OUTSIDE OF WORK?

When I’m not providing kickass therapy, I enjoy painting, cooking, reading, writing, weight lifting, and listening to death metal louder than I probably should. My cat Pear is my heart and my guide, always reminding me to slow down and savor the simple joys around me. I’m admittedly indoorsy, but I’m constantly inspired by Colorado’s natural beauty. 


If you think we’d be a good fit, or are interested in learning more, feel free to reach out for a free 20 minute video consultation. It’s an honor to walk alongside you on the path to health, wholeness, and your truly authentic life.