As a Somatic Counselor/Body Psychotherapist with a focus on Client-Centered therapy, I consider myself a guide for clients as they discover and build awareness of sensation and movement as ways to discover insights into their thoughts and emotions.
Through Body Psychotherapy, clients will be able to develop skills that bring them closer to the personal histories held by their bodies, and in doing so, shed light on how they can move more fluidly between their own sense of the world and achieving the growth they desire.
I am also committed to integrating social justice and intercultural perspectives into my practice as a therapist. I do so by providing counseling and facilitation in areas of multicultural identity, intercultural communication, and diversity training. I believe the field of Body Psychotherapy has tremendous potential to support individuals experiencing these issues, namely because power, privilege, oppression, and inclusion are embodied experiences.
As such, I aim to support building skills in non-verbal communication and sensory awareness in individuals and communities today, both as a counselor and as an advocate.
I work with adults to provide individual therapy, and facilitate process groups and support groups. My areas of specialty include:
Please note that, although my cultural background informs my professional and personal identities, specific traditional and cultural practices from those cultures will not be included in my work as a therapist and facilitator.
“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Institute (SPI) Level II Training Program: Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair” Denver, CO (2016-2017)
“Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Institute (SPI) Level I Training Program: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory,” Broomfield, CO (2013-2014)
“Historical Trauma in Indian Country” (webinar series), Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD (2013)
“TFCBT Web: an Online Training Course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,” Medical University of South Carolina, http://tfcbt.musc.edu (2013)
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS
“Linking Social Justice and Intercultural Communication in the Global Context,” Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), Portland, OR (2015)
“Paraprofessional Anti-Violence Training,” Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN), Boulder, CO (2014)
“Embodied Code-Switching: Facilitating Multicultural Identity Expression through Body Psychotherapy” (Master’s paper), Naropa University, Boulder, CO (2015)