I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker seeing children, teens and adults, as well as families. I started Forward Family Therapy in 2006 and am currently both the Clinical Director and a clinician at the practice.
I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 1993 and immediately went into an advanced graduate program at Aurora University in the Chicago area. I graduated with my Masters Degree in Social Work in 1994. After obtaining my graduate degree, I returned home to Colorado (I am a native!) to begin practicing social work. I earned my license in 1998. I have been seeing clients in therapy for over 20 years, and I could not feel more blessed to have an amazing job that I love, and amazing people I get to work with each and every day!
On a personal note, I have been married for 28 years, and have two daughters, ages 23 and 20. I love to camp, bike, hike, garden, paddleboard, snowshoe, travel, scrapbook and spend time with family and friends. I am a lifelong fan(atic) of the Denver Broncos!
I have presented at two state-wide conferences including the Colorado Child Welfare Conference and the Colorado County Attorney's Conference. Additionally, I have presented numerous times around the metro area on parenting, talking with your children about body safety, effective discipline and most recently I was asked to speak to young women on self-empowerment. I feel passionately about assisting clients in being their best version of themselves, whether it be as a parent, partner, in their career or with self-growth. I also work tirelessly to educate and stand up against sexual harm happening in any form.
I have taught hundreds of classes on Positive Parenting, and love to work specifically with parents on helping them overcome challenges in their expectations and relationships with their children. I can help you get out of the rut of having your children ignore your requests, and getting into power struggles with them.
I have worked extensively with children, teens and adults who have experienced sexual abuse or domestic violence in their lives. I have assisted countless clients as they have walked through their anger, grief and shame regarding these experiences. If this is part of your story, I would love to help you heal as well.
I am a strong ally for the LGBTQ community and thoroughly enjoy working with client's who are diverse in gender or sexuality. I am proud to be a preferred provider for The Children's Hospital in working with youth in this population.
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy extensively in my practice, and absolutely love helping clients get out of thinking and behavior patterns that keep them stuck in anxiety and depression. Nothing is more satisfying to me that getting to witness a client literally re-wiring their brain toward more healthy thinking and behaving patterns.
In 2005, I went through extensive Level I and Level II training in EMDR. II use EMDR extensively in my practice because I have found it to be extremely effective in reducing/eliminating many types of psychological distress. Feel free to ask me more about EMDR.
I am a practical, interactive, and solution-focused therapist. My treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. I incorporate a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client to overcome difficulties and achieve their potential. With sensitivity and compassion, I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve their goals.
I am a current member of the National Association of Social Workers.