Trauma-Informed Therapy For Children, Adolescents & Adults
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 21 years of experience in the mental health field. I began my career in the Milwaukee area providing home-based therapy to children and adolescents with significant emotional and behavioral needs. While in Milwaukee I also worked in a residential treatment center for adolescents and adults with eating disorders. I moved to Colorado in 2000 and worked for several years at The Children's Hospital on the inpatient units, in the day treatment program and in the Emergency Department. In 2007, I began working at a day treatment program for children & adolescents with Individual Education Plans for Serious Identifiable Emotional Disabilities. In 2007 I also began a part-time private practice. I expanded my private practice in June 2013 and in July 2013 I co-founded Creekside Collaborative Therapy: A Network of Trauma-Informed Clinicians. In 2017, I co-founded B.R.A.V.E. Retreats. B.R.A.V.E. Retreats provides therapy and wellness retreats to women, professionals, and teens.
While I enjoy working with clients of all ages with various mental health issues, over the past several years I have developed a special interest in working with clients who have experienced trauma. I have training in EMDR, DBT and Trauma-Focused CBT and use my knowledge in these areas to help clients make progress on their treatment goals. I also enjoy using right-brained modalities such as art, music and guided imagery in sessions. I have a large collection of figurines for Sandtray Therapy and often work with clients in the sand to help them to process their anxieties, feelings and past traumas. I sometimes combine Sandtray Therapy with EMDR which I find to be very effective. In addition, I focus on somatic interventions as part of working through trauma. I also enjoy working with children and adolescents with attachment issues, along with their families. In 2018, I became a Registered Yoga Teacher with a specialty in Restorative Yoga. I plan on using this evidenced-based practice for trauma, anxiety, and depression in both a group and individual settings.