“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
AM I THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR YOU?
Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to help. I have over 30 years of experience helping people successfully navigate life's most difficult challenges and realize their dreams. My practice is based on a combination of solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and positive psychology approaches. I provide counseling, psychotherapy, consultation and executive coaching services at my private practice in beautiful Arvada, Colorado and internet-based counseling, psychotherapy and executive coaching to clients throughout the entire states of Colorado and Texas, where I am licensed.
My goal as a psychotherapist is to provide a secure comfortable place for people to explore personal issues, solve problems, examine assumptions, increase self-understanding, consider new perspectives, change dysfunctional patterns, learn new coping strategies, find their strengths, overcome their weaknesses and create the happy healthy life they want. I see myself as a guide, a teacher and a gentle but unflinching mirror. Psychotherapy is about both insight and measurable change. In my opinion, the goal of psychotherapy is to help you find the best way to play the "hand" that life has dealt to you.
Many people are reluctant to try psychotherapy because they don't want to spend a lot of time analyzing their childhoods. Others have said they've talked to a therapist in the past but nothing in their lives really changed from it. My practice is different. I help my clients solve problems and make practical improvements in their lives that will make a difference right now. I've helped countless teens and adults make lasting changes and lead better happier lives.
The right therapist-client match is essential for success. My personal style is warm, supportive, flexible and optimistic. I focus on your individual perspective, unique strengths and personal values as we collaborate in bringing about the changes that will accomplish your goals. If you are nervous or skeptical about psychotherapy, you may be in for a very pleasant surprise. Most people find talking with someone who can help is much easier than going it alone. If your life is not going as you'd planned, if you have problems you aren't sure you can handle, if you feel sad, angry, irritable, nervous, tense, or worried much of the time, if your relationships are troubled or you're having problems at work or school or if you just want to live a happier, more fulfilling and satisfying life, I'd like to help.
Personalized Care and Guidance
I see individuals, couples and families with problems related to major life changes, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, marital conflict, parenting concerns, women's issues, school performance, work challenges, financial stress, achieving personal excellence, and coping with disability and medical illness. I have particular expertise in working with highly intelligent, gifted, talented and creative individuals, sensitive and intuitive people and successful professionals, such as executives, physicians, attorneys, scientists, engineers, computer programmers, college professors, and entrepreneurs. I also provide consultation services to organizations, family businesses and medical practices. Another specialty area for me is providing psychotherapy to other psychotherapists. I am also a nationally recognized expert in health and rehabilitation psychology. I've got years of experience helping people with disabilities like spinal cord injury, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and amputations. I've also helped numerous patients cope with fibromyalgia, diabetes, cancer, cardiac problems, and auto-immune disorders like lupus. I use cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral and positive psychology therapy approaches in my practice.
Talking to someone who can help is a lot better than going it alone. If you are faced with the following challenges, I'd be happy to help.
Trauma and PTSD
High Functioning Autism
Job / Career issues
Grief and Loss
Serious Illness or Injury
End of Life Issues
TWEENS, TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS
As a mother of three grown children, I understand the needs of preadolescents, teens and young adults both personally and professionally. Young people often benefit from discussing sensitive issues or emotional problems with a trusted adult who is not a family member. I'm particularly skilled at maintaining a secure confidential relationship with a teen or "tween" while keeping concerned parents apprised of goals and progress in therapy. I work with children aged 12 and up. I can help your child with:
Bullying and Cliques
Eating Disorders and Body Image
Healthy use of the internet, technology and video games
Life and Career Goals
Moodiness and Irritability
Oppositional / Defiant Behavior
Reactive Attachment Disorder
Time management / Organization / Planning
MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND COUPLES THERAPY
Those closest to us can bring us to the highest of highs or the lowest of lows. In our therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I can help couples and families cope with:
Marital and Relationship Problems
Restoring Trust after Infidelity
Step-Family, Blended-Family and Coparenting Challenges
Coping with Divorce
Thriving after a high-conflict divorce
In-Law / Extended Family Issues
Finances, Budgeting and Debt