I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in 1987, followed by a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, Colorado, in 1991, and became licensed in 1993. I have been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy since 2012, including specialization in epigenetic and cultural trauma. Additionally, I am the co-owner of Collaborative Services for Change, an outpatient mental health agency that offers expertise in the treatment of adults who are impacted by Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to my private practice, I worked in a variety of settings, including: residential; day treatment and outpatient treatment agencies for youth; various county child welfare systems with specific focus on childhood sexual abuse and foster-adoptive care; victim compensation services; and the criminal justice system.
For the past several years I have been learning about the ever-growing field of psychedelic-assisted therapy, as an intriguing and hopeful treatment option for trauma, depression, anxiety and existential exploration. For those experienced with intentional use of psychedelics or non-ordinary states of consciousness, I help integrate an understanding of their experiences as a valuable process for healing, insight and self-development. With the recent passage of Colorado Proposition 122, I am committed to supporting both preparation and integration for personal use of these medicines. Effective 2023, I am a Certified Licensed Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapist, providing services in collaboration with local prescribers. I am also enrolled in an intensive training program with Integrative Psychiatry Institute, with Certification as a Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapist anticipated by May 2024. I am intentional in my effort to be poised and prepared to offer MDMA therapy upon FDA approval, pending at this time.
My training and theoretical framework has been built around Family Systems Therapy, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Solution-Based Therapy, in addition to providing Trauma-informed Modalities, inclusive of recent findings in the field of neuroscience, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, and Mindfulness.