BACKGROUND

I received a Master of Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies at the University of Colorado. While attending Smith College School for Social Work, I interned at Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR) as well as Mental Health Partners and co-facilitated the Brave Kids Group, an anxiety group for 7-11 year olds, with Jane Bida, LCSW.

 

Post-masters, I completed a year-long fellowship at the University of Colorado, Wardenburg Health Center, Psychological Health and Psychiatry. Within the framework of my private practice following graduation, I worked with BIPR and AIM House as a contract individual and family therapist. Currently,  I am in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) Certified Therapist. As well,  I am on the board of the Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Society (FCGPS). I am also an adjunct Small Group instructor at Naropa University's Contemplative Psychotherapy and
Buddhist Psychology  Master's Program.
  

My individual and group education, training, and clinical practice are grounded in the psychodynamic tradition with an emphasis on modern psychoanalysis, contemplative psychology, trauma, attachment and neurobiology. 

TRAININGS
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)​​​

    • Clinical Supervision II; 2018

    • Clinical Supervision I; 2018

    • Advanced Motivational Interviewing; 2018

    • Motivational Interviewing; 2018

    • Infectious Diseases in Addiction Treatment; 2018

    • Professional Ethics II; 2017

    • Group Counseling Skills; 2017

    • Principles of Addiction; 2017

    • Pharmacology I​; 2017

    • Pharmacology II; 2017​

  • Center for Group Studies, New York:  

    • Weekend Training Program​​

      • Block 5: Technical & Special Issues in Group; 2019

      • Block 4: Transference & Countertransference Issues in Group; 2019

      • Block 3: Introduction to Group Resistances; 2019

      • Block 2: Forming a Group; 2018

      • Block 1: The Essence of Modern Group Process; 2018

      • Block 9: Resolving Transference Resistance & Termination Issues; 2018

      • Block 8: Working with Unconscious Material: Dreams, Symbolic & Non-verbal Communication; 2017

      • Block 7: Specialized Topics in Countertransference; 2017

      • Blocks 6: Working with Pre-oedipal Patients in Group; 2017

    • Reading Program​​

      • Block 1: The Essence of Modern Group Process; 2019

  • Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, New York: Distance Learning Program​

    • Human Development: How the mind unfolds; 2019
    • Aggression & Narcissism; 2019
    • Countertransference; 2018
    • ​Analytic Listening; 2018
    • Transference & Resistance ; 2017

    • Maturation; 2017​ 

  • ​American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)

    • 2017 Annual Meeting

    • 2016 Annual Meeting

  • Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society, (COGPS): 2016 Annual Meeting

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  • Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS); 2016

 

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 1 and 2; 

 

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

 

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

 

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • The Dissociative Mind and the Discovery of the Self with Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D.; 2015

  • The Freud and Ferenczi Letters, a staged reading of selected letters; Sponsored by The Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Denver Psychoanalytic Society; 2014

  • 10 Things to Explore on the Road to Discovering Dissociative Processes in Your Casework with Richard Chefetz, M.D.; 2014

 

  • Psychotherapy with Dissociative Patients with Richard Chefetz, M.D. & Kathryn Chefetz, L.C.S.W.; 2013

 

  • Toward an Embodied Self: Attachment, Dissociation and EMDR with Ulrich, Lanius, Ph.D.; 2013

 

  • Normal and Pathological Dissociative Attachment Processes in Human Development: Applications for Therapeutic Relationships with Mary Sue Moore, Ph.D.2012

 

  • Encountering the Implicit Self in Psychotherapy: Intersubjective and Neuropsychological Underpinnings to Knowing the Other with Efrat Ginot, Ph.D.; 2012

LECTURES
Study & Consultation GROUPS
  • Group Consultation, Bob Unger, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., CACIII, CGP; since 2015    

  • EMDR Consultation with Rosemary Wrzos, M.Ed., L.P.C; since 2010

  • Externalizing the wish for the secure base in the modern analytic group with Aaron Black ph.D.; 2017​​

  • Allan Watts-On Being God: a Study Group with Bob Unger, Ph.D.; 2017

  • Neurogenetic Study Group with Thomas Arizmendi, Ph.D.; 2017

  • Recognizing and Working with the Suicidal Experience in Clinical Process Study Group with Joan Heron, LCSW, Psychoanalyst; 2016

  • Integrating Neuroscience, Attachment Theory and Trauma into Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Seminar with Mary Sue Moore, Ph.D.; 2015/2016