I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Level III Certified Addictions Counselor, and EMDRIA approved EMDR Trainer and Consultant, specializing in work with adults and adolescents. I am also the Director and Training Coordinator for the Fort Lewis College Counseling Center and Graduate Clinical Training Program. My previous experience includes work in schools, integrated healthcare, wilderness therapy, juvenile detention, emergency services, adult outpatient mental health, substance use treatment and prevention, and as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Four Corners Program.
I am passionate about working with people on improving wellness by supporting them in developing a strong and healthy sense of self. Using a relational approach to cognitive behavioral therapies, I believe that through the therapeutic relationship, acquiring skills and knowledge, and increasing self-awareness and understanding, we can learn to respond to our difficulties and discomfort, rather than react to them.
I have lived in Durango since 1999 (minus a 3 year stint in the front range), initially moving here to be the Program Director for Colvig Silver Camps, a locally owned/family operated summer camp which fostered my passion for counseling, my leadership skills, and my love of the outdoors. I later received my Masters in Social Work through the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work.
I am the proud stepmother of two teenagers and enjoy spending time with them, my husband, and our “awesome-doodle” (she’s actually an Aussie Doodle). In my free time, I also enjoy riding my bikes, running, yoga, star-gazing, time with my family and friends, time alone, reading, chocolate & ice cream, fall colors, and sitting around a campfire.
In order to be who we truly are, we have to let go of who we think we are.