My approach is always warm, down to earth, nonjudgmental, and collaborative. All are welcomed! LGBTQIA friendly. Friendly dogs also welcome.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Longmont, CO
I have extensive experience working with the full range of mood disorders and success is supporting a healthy management of mood related symptoms and behaviors. Many people with mood disorders also suffer from complex trauma, known or unknown to them, and/or substance abuse issues. I am well qualified, having extensive specialized trainings and experience, to help.
I have extensive specialized training and experience in working with eating disorders specifically, and the range of complex trauma and dissociation that is associated with eating disorders. I work with women, men, and teens who suffer from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Orthorexia, Body Dysmorphia and other compulsive behaviors, as well as those on the edge of disordered eating, emotional eating, and/or body image concerns.
I have extensive specialized training in PTSD, Complex Trauma, and Dissociation. I do ongoing consultation with top leaders in trauma. I am a EMDR certified and as of Jan 2019 will be an EMDR Consultant for other therapists.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an empirically validated and widely popular cognitive approach that incorporates skills training and individual therapy to help client's increase motivation, manage stress, regulate emotional experiences and decrease unwanted behaviors. The goal is to make LIFE WORTH LIVING. This approach is dialectical, helping to break all or none thinking with a balanced Middle Path. DBT Skills Training Mindfulness Acceptance Interpersonal Effectiveness Emotion Regulation Distress Tolerance
I have trained in Diane Poole Heller's attachment model and therapy. I am also extensively training in Internal Family Systems and Ego States Therapy. Both are holistic and powerful therapies based on the latest science that support the multiplicity and complexity of the brain and the psyche. We all have parts of self, or states of consciousness, with roles that help us function in society and that protect us defensively. However, when we feel overwhelmed these parts become more extreme, and when trauma history was repetitive, parts feel more and more separate from our sense of self. IFS and Ego States therapy are gentle approaches that heal us from the inside out, accessing the client's inner world and bringing balance and deep healing. Finding your true sense of self and leading from within.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy is one of the few therapies endorsed to treat trauma by the American Psychiatric Association, WorldHealth Organization, Veterans Affairs (VA), and US Depart. of Health & Human Services. Highly effective yet needs to be used appropriately and not too soon, with complex- and early-traumas. Somatic interventions are gentle, yet powerful and can be combined with or without EMDR. Utilizing felt sense, movements, nervous system, embodiment, and energy systems to heal Body - Mind -Heart.
I am passionate about guiding others, including all genders, toward healing disordered eating and body image issues. I have extensive experience working w/ variations of Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Orthorexia, and Body Dysmorphia. And I often see clients' who commonly are on the edge, having disordered eating and body image issues.
I specialize in complex trauma, which comes from early experiences of attachment difficulties with caregivers as well as any/all types of neglect, psychological, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse.
Whether you are working with your own self-harming- or self-destructive- behaviors, or with a client’s, it is imperative to validate that the self-harm has a function. Although it may seem contradictory, it is protective in nature. Honoring that the behaviors are protective is an essential step toward healing.