I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. I was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force after serving our country for six years. I served our community for sixteen years as a law enforcement officer in various assignments including Detentions, Court Services, Patrol, Special Victims Unit Detective, Downtown Area Response Team and Property Crimes Detective.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over eight years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings including private practice, juvenile detention center and Elementary & High School Military & Family Life Counselor.
I provide counseling to children (8-12), teens (13-17) and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, trauma and similar emotional disorders. My experience includes working with special populations such as First Responders (Police, Fire and EMS), Veterans, Military, LGBTQ clients and their families.
I use an integrated therapeutic approach of evidence-based methodologies to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. Theories include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Reality Therapy. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I am comfortable working with any age, race, religion, color, national origin, sex (gender identity, sexual orientation) and disability.
ADHD Clinical Services Provider
Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC: 0006570
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD)
Family and Child Investigator
Crisis Intervention Training
Collaborating with and empowering individuals through their struggles, is my intention when providing counseling services. My goal as a therapist is to find solutions that work for you on an individual basis and help you discover your potential. There is not a magic button or quick-fix solution when it comes to healing from the past or coping with the present. What we can do is work together to find comfort and resolve in the difficult areas of your life and the challenges you have to face. Through various techniques, we’ll be able to figure out what behaviors and/or thoughts might be holding you back from living your best life.
Whether you’re looking for support or guidance through a particularly difficult time or you’re open to a real change in your life, we can work together to achieve your goals.
Prior to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, I was a first responder (Police Officer). I have 15 years of experience helping people in crisis/trauma. I am now transforming my unique experience to continue to help others through therapy. I know everyone is a unique individual. I use a holistic approach to therapy and utilize a variety of techniques/methods tailored to meet the needs of my clients. I specialize in trauma informed therapy. I have experience working with domestic abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse/neglect, PTSD, complicated grief & loss, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and other problematic issues.
I work with adults and pre-teens/teens (12+).
I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, a CACREP program. I hold certification as a National Certified Counselor.
American Counseling Association
Colorado Counseling Association
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Level 1 (CCTP)
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Level 2 (CCTP-II)
My road to becoming a Licensed Social Worker was a long and interesting journey. I joined the United States Army right out of high school and left active duty four years later to transition to the National Guard and later to the Reserve, eventually retiring from the Reserve in 2016.
My interest in helping those in need started with the El Paso County Veterans Trauma Court jail diversion program where I volunteered as a Peer Mentor. As I knew I was nearing the end of my military career, I wanted to maintain a continuum of service to veterans and others in need. Thus, after my final deployment in 2014, I enrolled in the University of Southern California’s Masters of Social Worker program with a concentration on behavioral health, graduating in 2016.
In the past four years, I’ve worked with a diverse range of clients and am open to everyone in need regardless of how they, or others, classify themselves. I truly embrace that there is only one race, humanity, and every day I come to work, I believe that, in some way, however small, I’m going to improve someone’s life that day. Helping those in need is my passion and my goal is to assist everyone I meet to be healthy, happy, and safe.
As everyone is different, my approach to therapy is to meet the client where they are and move forward together. My primary therapeutic method is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but I tailor how I treat clients with the evidence-based method that best supports their needs.
My treatment focus covers a wide range of needs to include depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and personality disorders. I work with adolescents (12+) along with younger and older adults.