I am a Canadian graduate student in Naropa’s Contemplative Psychotherapy/Buddhist Psychology program and have been in Colorado since 2018. I am a mature returning 44 year old therapist-in-training.
I have a prior academic and working career background in the humanities, visual arts and design, a two-year addictions counselling specialist certification obtained in Los Angeles, a CAADE CATC-i certification with over 1100 hours working in four treatment centers for substance and process addictions, and co-occurring conditions. I am Brainspotting certified having completed my level 1 training, am Trauma Informed Care certified, have DBT, MI, ASSIST/SAFETALK and various other certifications, as well as doing training at the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies.
My focus is working non-judgementally with total life contexts, and I have experience working with anxiety and addictions, working with men, sexuality/sexual health issues and compulsivity, those who have experienced abuse and those who have been involved in the criminal justice system. I am trained in a contemplative, client-centered approach which recognizes clients' total specific backgrounds, including their spirituality, sexuality, and all facets of their cultural and personal histories, and current situations.
I welcome diversity, have experience with clients of all orientations and identifications, political and religious affiliations, and have exposure to various eastern and western cultural and religious traditions. I offer encouragement, support and humor as well as a sounding board for change. I see each client as a unique person rather than a set of predictable patterns or diagnoses, and take into account their own emotional, biological and historical contexts.
My aim is to facilitate a client’s greater acceptance of self and life, and share tools which they can use to foster their own empowerment and healing in the resto of their lives, outside the therapist’s office. I have been trained or exposed to a range of ways of working and tools, included gestalt, art therapy/visual processing techniques, Brainspotting, DBT and ACT, movement/somatic therapy techniques, various meditation and mindfulness practices, 12 Step and Buddhist or secular, alternative addiction recovery modalities, among others.
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