My Philosophy

"Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go.

Find out what it is that remains."

[Ramana Maharshi]

We humans feel and think a great deal.

 

It seems every moment is marked by a specific sensation, feeling, emotion, or thought. There may be the occasional neutral or spacious moment, in which we can relish in for a temporary amount of time. Yet, it still feels as if our life experience is defined or dictated by our rich, complex internal lives of sensitivities and reactions.

As children, we are rarely taught to be in personal relationship to our internal experience; and in tandem, we never learned the adequate skills to communicate our internal experiences in relationship to others in healthy, embodied ways. Needless, to say:

There were rules, norms, and consequences, when it came to feeling and experiencing ourselves.

For many, the primary feelings of sadness, anger, fear, and sexuality, were simply not allowed, openly discussed, or processed. To express feeling was (and still is) a risk for being rejected, alienated, punished, or harmed. Generally, societal, cultural, educational, and professional environments do not cultivate a capacity or availability for the communication of feelings. And sadly, as a consequence, feelings become a threat to our very existence, and presumably, we fail to trust the innate wisdom of our bodies, feelings, and emotions.

As a therapist and fellow human being, I believe:

You carry within yourself the natural, inner tools and resources to heal your life;

every event, cause, tribulation, or challenge you have experienced in your life has happened for you, not to you;

healing your life starts with cultivating a compassionate connection to yourself;

and

you deserve to experience what it is to feel like yourself.

You are not your behaviors, beliefs, perceptions, and reactions, although these aspects occupy a great deal of your time, energy, and attention. Instead, your essence and true nature is found beneath the surface of the above conditions, which have distracted you from feeling safe, secure, protected, connected, supported, and loved. And lastly,

I believe you have the personal power to reparent yourself into a place of

resilience, spaciousness, calmness, happiness, and love.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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My Approach

"The wound is where the light enters you."

[Rumi]

Dating to 2010, I've been on a fervent, passionate, and devoted path to self-empowerment, self-actualization, and self-realization.

From 2014-2020, my therapeutic, educational, and clinical training took place at Naropa University for Contemplative Psychology and Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling.

My theoretical approach stems from a systems-based, mindfulness-based, body-centered, and client-centered approach.

The therapeutic models used to help clients attain a sense of security, satisfaction, and wholeness are the following:

Gestalt Therapy:

In Gestalt, you will strengthen connection to Self in the Here-in-Now.

The Here-and-Now is a literal Gestalt term, which invites you to mindfully explore your moment-to-moment, direct experience with curiosity, non-judgment, and compassion.

As you are a self-healing organism, you can increase your awareness of various unconscious patterns, behaviors, and thought-forms, which have caused emotional pain, suffering, and discomfort.

Gestalt is rooted in the raw, authentic, and honest experience of your life.

You get to show up exactly as you are.

 

Internal Family Systems (IFS):

Inspired by Gestalt Therapy, by world renowned psychologist, Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS is a cutting-edge therapeutic modality, rooted in a systems-based approach. Essentially, systems-theory implies the multiplicity of who you are. You, as a complex, nuanced human being, contain many parts. Within you is a family-system of various parts.

From an IFS perspective, I like to imagine these parts as children who have a very simple, innocent intention, which is:

to be re-parented back to a place of connection, love, and support.

These parts can include your life roles, emotions, belief systems, memories, and past experiences.

In IFS, the goal is to identify and integrate these parts into an actualized role of self-leadership.

The 8 principles, or "8 C's," in attaining self-leadership are:

 

Connectedness, Compassion, Calmness, Creativity, Curiosity, Courage, Confidence, and Clarity.

Please contact me if you have any questions in regards to my approaches and therapeutic modalities.

 

 

Credentials

Licensed Professional Counseling Candidate (LPCC.0018074)

M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Naropa University - 2020

B.A. Contemplative Psychology - Naropa University - 2016

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained - Maiberger Institute - 2022

Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Interviewing Training and Consulting, LLC, Lindsay Worth (Certified Instructor)

Mental Health First Aid Certified (MHFA), Music Minds Matter, Spencer Hughes (Certified Instructor)

Direct Supervisor: Deb Azorsky, LPC (CO License #: 3869), couplestherapistboulder.com

Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA): 2018 - Present

Member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT): 2021 - Present