I practiced law for several years before embarking on a career in behavioral healthcare. The new journey began at wilderness therapy programs located in Utah and Colorado, where I worked as a field instructor and guide for young people with addictions and related disorders. I received my Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University, and then continued my counseling career at The Meadows, a globally recognized program for treatment of trauma, addictions, and co-occurring disorders.
At The Meadows, I was trained by leading experts in the field and specialized in family therapy, addiction recovery, developmental trauma, trauma resolution, anxiety, depression, co-dependence, and self-esteem, among other areas. To become a “Meadows-trained” therapist, I also completed Post-Induction Training ("PIT" training) with Pia Mellody. Later I advanced my professional trauma therapy training by completing the Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies program, which was facilitated by Bessel van der Kolk through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston. Additionally, I have completed a three-year professional training program to become a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, and I am continuing my professional development by participating in ongoing professional training on NeuroAffective Relational Model.
I am currently integrating all of my experience and training into my work with clients in my private practice located in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona. My approach to therapy includes not only ‘top-down’ interventions which address the cognitive or thinking parts of the mind, but also a “bottom-up,” body-centered, experiential focus which helps with regulation of the entire nervous system.
“We create the depression and anger we feel by demanding that the universe not be as rotten as it is. The reality is that the whole universe is not rotten nor is all of life rotten. Only certain elements of it are. Accept that along with many good things, bad things exist, change them if you can, and accept what you can’t change. Remember it’s your thoughts that create the way you feel. It’s practically never hopeless. Acceptance is the key.”