Relationships and Connection are values in my heart and practice. There is nothing that brings me more joy than helping families, couples and individuals improve their relationships, build confidence, and find greater satisfaction and meaning in life.
Believe it or not, I’m not just a marriage and family counselor. Before specializing in the field of psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy, I pursued a career in music as a heavy metal musician. Later, I discovered it was an outlet to channel repressed anger. It was then that I realized the powerful role that anger plays in almost everyone’s life, particularly as it pertains to relationship satisfaction and overall life satisfaction.
The depth and diversity of my educational background and life-experiences led me to my calling: to help others have the kinds of experiences they want in life, and in their relationships with others and themselves. Since, I’ve helped many families, couples, and individuals of all ages strengthen bonds and improve their relationships, so they can go on to fulfill the lives they were meant to live.
I have a uniquely diverse and well-rounded educational background that is grounded in family systems theory, evidence-based interventions, and trauma-informed care, coupled with mindfulness, body-centered, humanistic, and transpersonal integration approaches.
I specialize in building bonds and improving relationships for families, couples, and individuals that could be impacted by anger or depression, relational trauma, or life transitions. I also specialize in relationship enhancement, spiritual growth and exploration, life purpose and self-actualization.
I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University, and my Bachelor’s degree in Contemplative Psychology with concentrations in Humanistic & Transpersonal and Somatic Psychology from Naropa University. I have a handful of relationship, trauma-informed care, and transpersonal trainings including Prepare/Enrich, Relational Life Therapy, Love and Logic, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy to name a few. I am also a certified life coach.
In my other half of life I was a heavy metal guitarist, singer/songwriter and band leader. My bands recorded albums and toured the U.S. I am currently writing a book on anger related to this experience and the psychology of anger. I am happily married, with one fur-child Aussie (Oz). I like to spend time with my husband (and Oz), hike, jog, read, write, meditate, attempt yoga, work on new projects, and deepen my knowledge and practice in all things related to psychology, relationships, well-being, and spirituality.
As a side note, while I have a passionate curiosity around the role that anger plays in the lives of everyone, it is not a focal point in how I work. Rather, it is something I work with when clients are interested. I’m not an anger management therapist, nor is my main focus in working with anger on anger management. I do believe that anger management tools and emotion regulation skills are a necessary part of breaking habits and stopping or preventing problematic anger, and I teach these skills when they will be helpful to a client.