My passion is to see men and women be all that they have the capacity to be in their relationships, careers, lives, and missions in spite of what they may have experienced in life. Life is a journey that we are not just to exist in but to love and be loved.
I began in private practice after graduating from Denver Seminary in 2003. I chose Denver Seminary after having watched two lay counseling ministries fail due to leaders hurting those in their ministries, I had been working in those ministries since 1997. I went to the school for Counseling Licensure to be better equipped to work with the brokenness of those in the church and outside of the church, with hurting people. In school I received excellent training in working with those dealing with sexual and relational brokenness as well as domestic violence victims, drug and alcohol addiction, child’s play therapy, and general counseling/psychotherapy. I learned how to integrate psychology and faith into a practical way of helping clients. I had sought out the earlier ministries for my own relational and sexual issues and now as a result of that support and other therapy have a passion to help individuals and couples grow into deeper intimacy with those around them.
I have trained under Patrick Carnes for sex addiction. I have attended EMDR (eye motion desensitization response) training to help victims of trauma and accident. I am also trained in EAGALA where horses are used for helping psychotherapy with individuals. I utilize many psychological theorists in my approach to helping clients, drawing from those that are best suited for the moment.
I joined the Intimacy Center in late 2003. After meeting Dr. Tom Olschner and finding that his passions for those who needed help relationally and/or sexually were similar to mine, there was no question that joining him would be a good place to work as a therapist. We are able to encourage couples to further their connection with each other and with individuals to press into healthy relationships.
In the past few years my experience has been in leading a group of sex addicts, leading a group of wives of sex addicts, counseling couples struggling with intimacy issues, women’s sexual issues, women and men struggling with gender identity, those who suffer childhood sex abuse, emotional intimacy in dating relationships, domestic violence victims, individuals who are sexually addicted and those who are married or dating to sex addicts, same-sex attracted strugglers, those suffering from depression and anxiety, trauma victims, and spiritual abuse victims. To empower men and women be all they have the capacity to be in relationships, in their accomplishments and in their well-being.
My personal life revolves around my family and friends. My favorite pastimes include traveling to beaches, playing in the Colorado mountains, coordinating and being involved in ministry at my church, and gardening. I am a third generation Coloradoan and love to visit other places but also coming home to the Colorado mountains.