Hello! I’m a Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in private practice since 1992. My practice is limited to adults. My theoretical orientation is in humanistic psychology, with training in cognitive-behavioral methods and solution-focused therapy. The merger of these methods means that I’m quite effective with people who want to discover their core strengths and core values and use them to achieve positive change in a variety of areas. Depression and anxiety, communication issues, self-esteem, grief and loss, recovery from unhappy or unhealthy relationships, better choice-making, transitions of all types and women’s self-emmpowerment are among my areas of experience.
My personal philosophy of therapy is that it is a garden in which we grow the roots and blossoms of individual potential – those innate and unique gifts, talents and “superpowers” that each of us is born with but have not yet fully cultivated. Once these aspects of self are identified, they can become allies in the healing process.
To that end, the watering can in my therapeutic toolshed is journal therapy, which I define as the intentional and purposeful use of life-based writing for healing, growth and change. I have helped to pioneer this field since 1985, when I was a first-year counseling graduate student. Client outcomes demonstrate that insight, clarity and positive outcomes come more quickly and easily when a journal is used as a companion in the therapeutic experience.
I love my work and have happily juggled being a therapist, a teacher/trainer and an author for over 30 years. My first book, Journal to the Self, was released in 1990 and was an immediate best-seller. It is now considered a classic in the field. My 13th book, Journal Therapy for Calming Anxiety, was released in June 2020.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Communication Problems, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
CO LPC 770