Hi all! I am originally from Portland, OR and moved out to Colorado four years ago. I am known to seek adventure and I thought with all of the outdoor activities and sports teams that Colorado would be a great new adventure. I have not been disappointed!
I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Counseling since I was 12 years old. There was something about the mental health field that caught my attention at a young age and I have been chasing this dream ever since. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Oregon State University in 2012, where I took my skills back to Portland to work on an adolescent unit in a Residential Living Facility. During this time, I knew that I had picked the right line of work. I felt as if I had found my niche.
Working in this facility for two years, I felt my heart begin to yearn for adventure and new beginnings, so off to Colorado I went. Knowing I had to attend graduate school at some point to become a counselor, I applied to Regis University and was accepted to begin in the Fall of 2015. Through my time at Regis, I learned more about myself and about the population I wanted to work with. I fell in love with the art of play therapy and the power behind allowing children and adolescents the space to play. I attended the International Play Therapy Institute in 2017 and gained a new understanding about how other cultures play.
I completed my internship at Denver Children’s Advocacy Center where I worked with victims of trauma utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I feel that having a toolbox full of different approaches is beneficial as no two clients are the same. I graduated with my Master of Arts and Certificate in Children and Adolescent Therapy in 2018, eager to begin my journey to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist.