I am a licensed clinical social worker in Colorado. I have over 10 years of experience treating trauma and training other healers in the areas of trauma informed care, trauma focused treatment, vicarious trauma and EMDR.
I completed EMDR Basic Training in 2006, and quickly “drank the cool aide” as some of us EMDR fanatics say. I have seen no treatment method as powerful as EMDR in producing long term, sustainable, transformative change for people.
I graduated from the University of Missouri with my BA in psychology, and completed my MSW at the University of Denver. I completed my EMDR training in 2007, and today am EMDRIA Approved Basic Trainer and Consultant. I additionally am an adjunct faculty member with the University of Denver, in the Graduate School of Social Work. I also volunteer with Trauma Recovery: Humanitarian Assistance Program as a facilitator for EMDR Basic Training.
I have been facilitating various trainings in relation to the topic of trauma since 2007. My areas of expertise are on vicarious trauma, trauma informed care, trauma focused treatment, and EMDR. I also provide specialized supervision on these topics, and can support other clinicians learn methods to heal trauma as well as care for themselves as healers.
I am a deep admirer and devotee to the practice of yoga. I am a Certified Yoga Instructor and have been practicing yoga for 20 years. Yoga is not simply what you do on the mat, but how you live off your mat. Yoga teaches the value and importance of loving kindness, of becoming mindful of your thoughts, learning that breath is life force and how to harness it, as well as the importance of letting go of attachments (mental or physical) amongst other nuggets of wisdom. There is so much in yoga philosophy that deeply applies to healing our trauma and becoming conscious and aware beings. I started incorporating yoga into my work in a variety of ways, approximately 8 years ago. It continues to be the sustenance fueling my own self care, and deeply influences my professional style and technique.
On my homepage, you may have noticed the quote “No mud, no lotus” from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The wisdom of this quote tells us that without pain and suffering, there can be no powerful transformation of healing and enlightenment. That from the darkest of places, something beautiful may be born. In my experience with trauma, I have seen nothing so beautiful as the resiliency of the human spirit, and its ability to persevere and overcome. This is very much the deep meaning I hold in relation to my work with trauma. While the experience of trauma healing, as well as the experience of holding space for those immersed in trauma healing, can be messy, scary, and leave us feeling utterly hopeless at times…this wisdom reminds us not to assume the outcome. That from the muddiest of places, profound beauty may bloom.
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