Adults: You were always saying “I can’t wait till I am older,” and now here you are drowning in a workload that keeps increasing, never able to keep up with our growing to-do list, the kids needed to be at football practice 15 minutes ago, and it is the fourth night of ordering pizza. Life feels out of your control. Being an adult can be stressful and can lead to intense feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and depression. I am here to provide you a safe space to process your thoughts and feelings. I can guide you to develop the tools to take back control in your life.
College-Aged Adults: College is a huge transition and comes with many new adventures. Living on your own, not having your parents nearby, tough professors, those all nighter’s of preparing for exams, and learning how to cook chicken. Maybe that last one was just me, but nonetheless college can create a mental mess and I am here to help you through the anxiety, depression, the “I have to have it all figured out,” and the “am I good enough?” Believing in yourself and finding balance in your life are two key pieces to successfully get through this.
Children and Adolescents: Children and adolescents learn and process in their own way and need unique care and attention when it comes to mental health and development. I use strategies, such as play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy to help children and adolescents share their deepest thoughts, anxieties, fears, and worries. In addition, therapy helps children and adolescents understand and process past traumatic experiences that may be still affecting their thoughts and behaviors.
Trauma and PTSD: Traumatic events can overwhelm our brains and prevent the proper processing of information, leaving traumatic memories stored in fragmented pieces. Often this leads to the development of PTSD or other disorders. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) utilizes bilateral stimulation of the brain to allow for proper reprocessing of these traumatic events. I also utilize Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to process trauma for individuals who would prefer a talk-therapy approach.
Depression: Feeling overcome with despair, hopelessness, and fatigue can be overpowering and make it feel like there is no overcoming it. Depression makes it hard to be motivated to do the simplest of tasks. Compassion, empowerment, and understanding the “why” behind the despair is the focus for regaining control over your depression.
Anxiety: Anxiety is not all bad, and in fact, it is one of the key pieces in keeping us alive! We need anxiety to warn us of danger so we can avoid those situations and stay alive. While some forms of anxiety follow a traumatic event, a good deal of anxiety today has attached to numerous situations that are not actually life or death situations. Taking a test, going out with friends, talking to a boss, or making a phone call to ask if a company received your job application to name a few. I can help you to restructure your thoughts so these situations no longer trigger the anxiety response.
Panic Attacks: Though small amounts of anxiety and stress are normal in day-to-day life, when that anxiety becomes overwhelming and spirals into panic it may be time to seek out therapy. Panic attacks can be a frightening experience. It is helpful to have someone who can understand and uncover what is going on behind the scenes of a panic attack and to develop the tools for managing any panic attacks in the future.
Stress: Unfortunately, stress is unavoidable if we are human. That was a tough one for me to admit. I thought I conquered stress and uncovered the answer we have all been looking for. I was wrong, and I had to learn the tools to effectively manage my own stress levels. Stress is unavoidable, but you can learn to manage it in a healthy way. I can help you learn the tools to ease those overwhelming feelings of panic and get that stress back to a normal and manageable level. Though stress may be unavoidable it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
Drug and Alcohol Use and Addiction: Countless people struggle with addiction, and it can come in many shapes and forms. The road to recovery can seem overwhelming, but you have already taken the first step; to find help. I will help you begin to take steps toward healing and can provide the support and guidance to take back control over your life.
ADHD: Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder can be frustrating for the individual who has been diagnosed and the loved ones near to them. Whether you are an adult with ADHD or a parent looking for guidance for your child, I can help teach you how to use ADHD to your advantage and show you tools to better manage ADHD in your life.
Relationship Issues: In any relationship it can be easy to lose track of healthy communication and intimacy can fall to the wayside. We all have our own journey in life and when we share that path with a partner some conflict can be inevitable. Every relationship can benefit from therapy whether that be to strengthen bonds or learn healthy communication tools. I utilize the Gottman approach and Emotion-Focused Therapy when working with relationship issues.
You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” for out of network services provided. The good faith estimate is the best advised estimate for the cost of therapeutic services, but of course estimates may change depending upon the course of therapy and the changing needs for treatment. For questions or more information, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call the Colorado Division of Insurance at 303-894-7470 or 1-800-930-3745