My favorite part of being a counselor is the opportunity to see clients’ strengths and how with a little bit of guidance, clients can make desired changes that lead to a meaningful and worthwhile life. I believe that my ability to unconditionally accept and support clients from all walks of life makes this possible. I am the wife of a police officer. I have also been the mother of a firefighter, EMT and police officer. This has given me an insiders’ view to the joys and pains experienced by first responders as well as the impact on their families. As the daughter of a World War II Veteran and family member of Veterans who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, and Vietnam I know the value and satisfaction of service as well as the toll it can take on individuals and families. As a registered nurse and individual who has experienced chronic illness both in myself and in my family members, I know the needs of individuals and families faced with chronic and acute illness. My experience as a teacher has contributed to my focus on education and empowerment of my clients. My desire is to help my clients from all walks of life live the life they were created for.
Born and raised in Colorado, I grew up in the southwest Jefferson County area. I graduated from Columbine High School and obtained my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and taught in Jefferson County Schools for 5 years. I went on to complete my Associates degree in Nursing from the Community College of Denver and worked as a registered nurse in dialysis, surgical services, transplant, and hospice. I then completed my master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary, and I am registered with the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). As a life-long-learner I delight in sharing my love of learning with my clients.