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Fern Leaves

My Approach

I am a clinical psychologist, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister and a  4th generation Coloradan. I find solace in the place where the natural world and science meet - always curious to explore, deepen connections and grow beyond what was once believed.  I seek to foster others' sense of power and inner knowing,  while helping them to remain open and humble to everything life, relationships and their own spirit have to offer. 

believe people,

whether it is a loved one in care or a parent/caregiver supporting them,

have intuitions and inner resources that,

with the right conditions,

can help them move toward healing.  

I seek to help others create those conditions - 

through tapping into those resources

and learning about themselves and those they love. 

My early training was primarily in psychodynamic psychotherapy, which provided a rich and deep learning about the human condition. I then went on to work in a variety of settings while integrating cognitive-behavioral (CBT, ERP), dialectical behavioral (DBT) and acceptance and commitment (ACT) approaches.  My first true passion was helping families heal through family therapy approaches, such as family systems and Family-Based Treatment (FBT).  I then learned how to enhance all of those efforts with Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) - a parent/caregiver model that embodies the essence of my belief in the healing power of caregivers and being in relationship.   I am a certified EFFT Advanced Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.  I also sit on the board for the International Institute of EFFT.  I have also begun to more directly support mental health programs with integrating emotion-focused and trauma-informed skills through Emotion-Focused Healthcare (EFHC), which trains multi-disciplinary teams how to incorporate and align around these skills.

My most recent focus has been in supporting individuals with non-ordinary states of consciousness.  I have trained with the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Polaris Insight Center and Skylight Psychedelics to learn about working with consciousness expanding experiences.  These trainings led to further exploration of mindfulness, parts-work and somatic approaches.  I am now finishing my second year training in Hakomi Therapy, which combines much of how I already work with this mindful somatic approach that fosters lasting healing and transformation.

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