When I was a kid, I had a fascination with caves. The idea of exploring in a dark secret place, full of rock formations and features that grew there over impossible amounts of time, discovering realms unknown to the surface world lit me up with curiosity and wonder.
As an adult, I felt drawn to do healing work in the world. So I went to the University of Colorado at Boulder, and got degrees in Molecular Biology and Psychology. DNA and hormones are powerful and magical little molecules that create structures and effects that can be seen and felt in every aspect of life. Instead of medical school, I chose to get a Master's Degree in Counseling from Regis University in Denver. Their post-grad certificate in Depth and Transformative Counseling led me to see that my love of analogy, metaphor, symbolism and inner journeying has a long-standing and valid place in the world of mental health.
These days, the world seems so much more complex than it was when I was a kid. Issues of racism, misogyny, homophobia, toxic masculinity, classism are popping to the surface on a regular basis. The roots of those things, both culturally and personally in people's lives, go far below the surface. They are all tangled up with trauma and mental health concerns. In order to be an intersectional psychotherapist, I believe we have to look at all those things. Our relationships to power and privilege are woven through our relationships with ourselves and our intimate partners.
To know more about my professional identity, I'll invite you to read my blog entry titled "Who Am I Really?" where I describe in detail what it means to me to be a Shamanic Counselor and Psychotherapist.
If these words resonate with you, and you'd like to know more about me and my services, contact me and let's chat!