Hello Brave Women! I believe every woman has a message, a purpose,and a voice that matters. As an anxiety survivor myself I know what it’s like to question my own worth. I have learned through my own healing experience that I am far more than the limiting beliefs I held about myself. I realized that everyone else had been writing the script of my life for me and I was merely the supporting actress in their starring roles. I believe I am not alone and that this unfortunately is a typical occurrence In many women’s lives. You should never be satisfied with the supporting actress role because your story, your life, your gifts are needed and the world is waiting for your leadership.
As a psychotherapist myself, I know how to assist clients in developing tools and strategies to overcome their challenges. However when it came to my own healing I needed help. I am now learning to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.
Through my journey I have found that psychotherapy has allowed me to question my thoughts and develop a strategy that does not allow fear to be in the drivers seat.
Because I am trained as an expressive arts therapist I also sought out dance/movement and dramatic arts therapy during my healing process. This had a profound impact as I learned to step out of my comfort zone and take risks.
Over and over I discovered that I don’t have to take my inner critic or the anxiety monster’s voice as fact. I can question and challenge it. As I learn to do this I am saying yes to new adventures that I never had the confidence to take on. I am uncovering and honoring my boundaries, and though I am a bit awkward at it , I am practicing my assertion of those boundaries.
Fear imprisons our minds and blinds us to hope and possibility. My mission is to assist you in crossing the bridge from fear into freedom.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and have been in practice since 2011. I am also a Registered Dance Movement Therapist through the American Dance Therapy Association (www.adta.org). In 2008 I earned by Masters of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I am a Master Reiki Practitioner and have been utilizing reiki to support my clients while moving through anxiety and fear.
Committing to shedding what no longer serves you is just that – a commitment, and it’s a big one that will take a lot of bravery and dedication. My commitment is to provide you with accountability, nurturing, and the tools you need to move forward.
I want to empower you to be yourself in all aspects of life. I utilize a combination of traditional psychotherapy techniques along with dance, movement, and drama therapy. I provide a playful, fun, nurturing, and inspiring process that will help you reclaim yourself and take action to bring your unique gifts out into the world.
I will help you realize all of the hidden ways in which fear is holding you back and create a concrete plan to stand up to those giants. We will create a roadmap so that you can live the life you deserve.
I want to help lead you towards self nurturing and assist you in identifying what this means to you on a personal level. Through the discovery of self nurturing we will design a plan to help you implement this on a daily basis. I will also lead you on a journey to uncovering what it is you really want for yourself in all aspects of your life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy :
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:
What if you could accept and allow yourself to feel what you feel, even if it’s negative? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. In the case of ACT, you commit to facing the problem head-on rather than avoiding your stresses. Imagine committing to actions that help you facilitate your experience and embrace any challenge.
Dance Movement Therapy:
Dance/movement therapy, usually referred to simply as dance therapy or DMT, is a type of therapy that uses movement to help individuals achieve emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration. Beneficial for both physical and mental health, dance therapy can be used for stress reduction, disease prevention, and mood management. In general, dance therapy promotes self-awareness, self-esteem, and a safe space for the expression of feelings.
Like art, music, and dance therapy, drama therapy uses the art form as a springboard for deeper, more meaningful work. Drama therapists guide people in therapy through a series of intentional activities that allow them to enact scenes representative of the way they want to live their lives. Participants may see drama therapy affect changes in their behavior, emotional state, personal growth, and skill adaptation. Participants utilizing drama therapy are often able to improve their interpersonal relationship skills through active participation in things like:
The blank page, and whatever you fill with it, is a manifestation of your self.
Writing therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the act of writing and processing the written word as therapy. Writing therapy posits that writing one's feelings gradually eases feelings of emotional trauma.
By writing, you are empowering yourself to explore every corner of your mind, perhaps even things that might be challenging to think about under normal circumstances. Writing can help you deal with difficult or traumatic events, or perhaps help you find new or hidden meanings in events that previously seemed unimportant to you.
In essence, writing is an easy way to think about your problems and issues, while remaining totally in control of them, which is important since lack of control can be difficult for many people to grapple with. You are the one deciding what makes its way onto the page, how relevant or illuminating those words might be, and whether anyone else will ever get to see then.
Reiki is a hands-on natural healing using the universal life force energy. The term comes from the Japanese words “rei,” meaning universal, and “ki,” which means vital life force energy that flows through all living things. reiki, an abundant, gentle spiritual energy is not tied to any specific religion or nationality.
reiki, which is used all over the world in places including hospitals and hospices, was developed by a Japanese man named Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. It aids in healing by helping people become energetically balanced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
The reiki practitioner is the conduit between the patient and the source of the universal life force energy; the energy flows through the practitioner’s energy field and through her hands to the patient. (the energy does not come from the
practitioner; rather it comes through the practitioner from the universal source
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Life Coach vs. Therapist: What's The Difference?
When seeking professional help for emotional wellbeing and personal growth, the default option you may think of is therapy; but recently, you may have also heard people talk about working with a life coach.
Life coaches are professionals who help you achieve personal or professional goals. While approaches to life coaching vary, most focus on personal empowerment, motivation, and strategies to define and reach your dreams.
Sound similar to therapy? Here are key differences between life coaching and therapy, and how to choose one over another.
The major difference between therapy and life coaching is the focus of the work: therapy focuses on mental health and emotional healing, while life coaching focuses on setting and achieving goals.
While therapists are trained mental health professionals who are in the regulated field of healthcare and require licensure, life coaches do not have mental health training and are not equipped to diagnose or treat mental health conditions (unless a life coach was previously trained as a therapist, which is also common).
Consider therapy if you want to heal or get help with a mental health concern; try life coaching if you need help getting “unstuck” or realizing a fuller potential.
Book a free 30 minute consultation so that we can discuss whether psychotherapy or coaching services would best fit your needs.