MY SPECIALTIES

Many counselors find themselves drawn to a particular problem or population and choose to specialize in working with it. It is also prevailing wisdom that as a business, it's better to have a focus, something to advertise as. Despite that,  I continue to be more of a generalist. I have enjoyed and appreciated working with a wide variety of individuals and couples with diverse minds and expressions, and find that being a generalist helps me see every individual as unique, whatever the presenting issue may be. As a result, I have had success in supporting people through a host of different challenges. So far, these have included:

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment repatterning

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Grief and loss

  • Healing from Childhood Abuse

  • Infidelity

  • Major life transitions

  • Personal and spiritual growth

  • Psychedelic healing and exploration

  • PTSD

  • Relationship struggles

  • Self esteem and self confidence issues

The work tends to take the following forms: 

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

When working with with most clients one on one,  The fastest and deepest transformation tends to happen when we use the IFS approach (Internal Family Systems, google it!), which is extremely powerful and effective at healing, calming, and organizing our psyches (and can actually be a lot of fun!). I'm also deeply informed and inspired by Buddhist psychology and philosophy, and may include mindfulness as a tool in the process. The length of treatment and frequency of sessions varies from person to person, depending on your starting point and your goals. In the end, you get to decide what works best for you, how deep you want to go, and how far.

COUPLES THERAPY

Whether you’ve been together a few months or a few decades, relationships can get rocky, especially under stress. Couples can sometimes get stuck in in unsatisfying ruts, cycles, and patterns and may find it hard to get out without outside support.
In my work with couples I tend to use mainly IFIO, a derivative of IFS specifically designed for couples work that is excellent at building bridges of understanding, compassion, and cooperation. I'm also informed by PACT, the psychobiological approach to couple's therapy. Most couples I've worked with have begun noticing significant changes for the better within just a couple of sessions.

PSYCHEDELIC SUPPORT

I am an experienced proponent of the use of psychedelic medicines for mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and healing. This has included extensive personal experience, professional experience working with MAPS on their MDMA study, and policy experience, volunteering with Decriminalize Nature, Boulder County. In some cases, psychedelics can be like power tools, helping us move quickly through major obstacles that would otherwise take years to work with. So whether you’re just thinking about dipping a toe into the world of psychedelics, or you’re an experienced psychonaut looking for assistance with integrating experiences and insights into daily life, I am available to support you on your healing adventure.

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