I love helping people. I'm married and have two children. With counseling I feel like I've finally found my calling in life. It has been a long journey.
I started my adult life as a mechanical engineer after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. For 13 years I tried to make that world "fit" for me. I am a capable engineer, but never had a passion for the work. The most enjoyable parts of my engineering career were when I had the opportunities to connect with people. Relationships are infinitely more interesting and complex than any engineering design problem I've ever run across.
After years of dissatisfaction, I decided to take a leap of faith and follow what my heart yearned for in my work - human connection. I earned a Masters in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) while helping families in crisis by working for a local agency providing in-home therapy. I found the work to be personally fulfilling and, for the first time in my life, felt like most of my work day was meaningful and productive.
I am a therapist with dual licensure in Colorado. Licensed Professional Counselor #6537 (LPC) and Licensed Addiction Counselor #246. I started my private practice "Colorado Counselors" in 2012 working with individuals, couples, and families.
I am committed to my own continued personal and professional growth. My life is happily full! I will continue to live well by walking alongside others in the pursuit of wholeness. My interests extend beyond the counseling office. I am an adjunct professor of Psychology at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) - which helps me stay grounded in the foundations of psychotherapy. In April 2016 I completed the Advanced Counseling Certificate program at the Allender Center. And, I am currently a PhD candidate in the Leadership, Research, and Policy program at UCCS working on a dissertation studying the benefits of empathy.
We are on this planet to help each other. I hope all your relationships are moving toward more health and you are moving toward more freedom. There are always better things ahead. Be well!