5606 Olde Wadsworth Blvd. #210
Arvada, CO 80003
Lic. Psychologist & Jungian Analyst
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
Do you feel alone in your relationships?
Do you repeat pattern behaviors that you would like to change?
Do you struggle fitting "inside the box?"
Does your busy life lack meaning?
The people I work with are often successful out in the world but sense something inside is missing. They may feel cut off from their creativity, personal meaning in their lives, or alone in intimate relationships. They are often single professionals or couples, artists, and may be members of the GLBT community. Many of my clients have reached a time in their life when they are ready to face past trauma. They may be feeling depressed or overwhelmed. Some are in life transition and are making major life changes.
My work is to help you reconnect with the part of yourself that has been left behind and explore who you are at a deeper level. By gaining insight into psychological "blind spots" and working through past emotional wounds, healing and positive change can occur through a process involving the whole, unique person.
I am a licensed psychologist with a Jungian and Solution-Focused Orientation. In conjunction with my private practice, I am an artist, have taught psychology at the University of Colorado and Metropolitan State College, and am a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and Foundation for Shamanic Studies. I have offered groups in art therapy, dream interpretation, and Women's Issues.In our culture, success is often defined by our accomplishments in the world and may become how we identify who we are. Many of us discover that we have met our external goals but sense something inside is missing. We may feel cut off from our own creativity and the meaning in our lives, or alone in intimate relationships. My goal is to help people reconnect with the part of themselves that has been left behind and explore who they are at a deeper level. My interest is in helping people identify and develop their personal strengths, with an emphasis on wellness rather than on psychopathology.
I believe that positive change in therapy occurs in an interactive process involving the whole, unique person. I often work with people who are in life transition, feeling overwhelmed, or who are struggling with behavior patterns that they would like to let go of using the approach that fits best with their reason for coming to therapy.
My Approach to Psychotherapy:
The approach that I use in psychotherapy is determined by the needs and therapeutic goals of my client and fall under two general headings which I refer to as Solution-focused and Depth psychology.
For clients with specific issues that they want to address or goals they want to accomplish. These issues may include couples issues, vocational counseling, developing effective strategies for managing attentional difficulties, dealing with a life transition, GLBT related issues, working with specific fears using EMDR and relaxation techniques, working through a painful adjustment (feeling anxious or depressed about losing a job or partner) and/or improving communication and coping skills. The basic therapy process involves: 1) pinpointing the problem and targeting specific treatment goals, 2) identifying thoughts or belief patterns that are getting in the way, 3) developing more effective strategies, and 4) implementing new behaviors. The methods I use include Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, cognitive behavioral and visual relaxation techniques.
For clients who want to understand themselves at a deeper level and/or are experiencing a lack of meaning in their lives, have past trauma histories often related to sexual abuse that they want to work through, or are trying to let go of deep seated issues or behavior patterns that they have struggled with for a long time. These kinds of issues may get in the way of feeling close to friends and family, having long term, satisfying intimate relationships, and/or developing and maintaining a fulfilling professional career. Problems from the past often prevent people from feeling “alive,” or being able to feel “at home” regardless of where they are. The length of time it takes to complete inner work depends on several factors: 1) motivation and commitment, 2) support available in other areas of life, and 3) the kind and severity of issues being dealt with. The methods I use include Jungian analytic techniques, dream interpretation, sand tray, and art therapy.
|Practice Specialties or Interests:
in bold text)
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Dream Interpretation Group
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
|Additional Demographic Expertise:
PhD Counseling Psychology
University of Denver
Diplomate Jungian Analyst
Inter-Regional Society of Jungain Analysts
|Additional Licenses/ Certifications:
||Psychoanalyst & Diplomate Jungian Analyst
Licensed Professional Counselor
|Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts|
|American Psychological Association|
|Foundation for Shamanic Studies|
|National Association for the Advancment of Psychoanalysis|
|International Association of Analytic Psychology|
||$125 per session
Out of Network Provider Only
|Insurance and Billing Instructions:
||Out of Network Provider
||Weekdays and Evenings
The corner of Granview and Olde Wadsworth Blvd in Olde Town Arvada
||Career and Education:
I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and am a Jungian analyst affiliated with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts . I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at UCLA in 1976, my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in 1979. Prior to re-entering the field of psychology, I was a stockbroker on Wall Street, and started and owned a business designing and manufacturing ladies and children’s resort wear.
"Lessons of the Inca Shamans: Piercing the Veil Published by Pine Winds Press (2012)
“A Dialogue with Jose Luis Herrera on Peruvian Shamanism,” Journal of Shamanic Practice, (Fall Issue, 2012)
"The Veil between Ordinary and Non-Ordinary Reality: Working with the Objective Psyche in Shamanism and Depth Psychology, “issue 56-3, forthcoming Fall 2013.Psychological Prospectives.
Current Professional Activities:
In conjunction with my private practice, I have taught classes in the psychology departments of the University of Colorado and Metropolitan State College of Denver in the areas of Neuropsychology, Perception, Personality, Counseling Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Psychology of Women, Death and Dying, Abnormal Psychology, Child Psychology, and Research Methods. I am also an artist and a member of Spark Gallery.
Prior to opening my private practice, I worked as an art therapist and provided counseling services to suicidal teens and adults struggling with chronic mental illness in psychiatric hospitals, at-risk and incarcerated teens who were often abuse victims, women who were victims of domestic violence, and members of the gay and lesbian community struggling with alcoholism. I have also administered neuropsychological assessments to disabled veterans with traumatic brain injuries at the Denver Veterans Administration Hospital, and conducted neuropsychological evaluations with children who have learning disabilities through the Neuropsychology Learning Disabilities Clinic at the University of Denver. I completed my internship residency at Community Reach Center in Adams County.
| Additional Information
|Accepting New Clients: Yes|
|Sliding Fee Scale: No|
|Prescribe Medication: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|
|Public Transportation: Yes|