Hails from the northeast. Loves exploring the mountains, desert, and big cities. Unabashed dog mom & cat mom.
Big fan of hot sauce and tacos. Passionate about social justice. Animal lover.
Chronic procrastinator. Unfortunate repeat killer of plants.
Introvert. Millennial. Human-being.
Licensed Professional Counselor #LPC.0015274
Licensed Addiction Counselor #ACD.0000889
Board Certified National Certified Counselor #1069210
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist #15064
Master of Criminal Justice and Master of Public Administration — University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (in progress)
Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine — Boston University School of Medicine (2015)
Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Health Science with Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling — State University of New York College at Brockport (2013)
Specialty Areas of Experience
Law Enforcement & First Responders
Currently I am employed full-time as a co-responder clinician, meaning I ride along with police officers for the duration of their shift and provide mental health assistance to individuals in the community on calls as needed. I have experience working with law enforcement officers and first responders, both as their colleague and as their therapist. I am also married to a Sheriff's deputy and former EMT/former firefighter, and have multiple other family members who have had careers in these fields.
Trauma & EMDR
I completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Basic Training with the Humanitarian Assistance Program. EMDR is an evidence-based trauma therapy which mimics REM sleep in order to work through painful memories and make them less distressing.
Crisis & Disaster
I currently work as a co-responder clinician with the Crisis Intervention and Response Unit, providing de-escalation, resources and referrals, and crisis assessment and counseling to community members during police contacts. I am trained in Psychological First Aid, and have volunteered throughout my career as a mental health professional in disaster situations. I have also worked in hospitals, an urgent care center, and as part of a mobile crisis team.
Substance Use Disorders & Addiction
I have experience working at a substance use disorder treatment facility in Estes Park, where I developed and ran the intensive outpatient (IOP) program, and also worked as a lead therapist in their residential program. I have spent 7 years providing addiction counseling in various settings, including a methadone clinic in upstate New York.
I have worked at multiple community mental health centers throughout my career with adults who have severe and persistent mental illness. I am particularly adept at working with psychosis. I have also worked quite a deal with individuals struggling with LGBTQ+ specific issues, and served on a committee at a correctional institution advocating for appropriate accommodations for transgender and gender non-conforming inmates.
I am certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) and am trained in the NADA 5-point AcuDetox protocol, which is needling of the ear. This is an evidence-based, non-talk therapy way to help with anxiety, sleep, stress, depression, cravings, etc. I am not a licensed acupuncturist and cannot needle other areas of the face or body.
I have provided therapy and clinical case management to inmates at four county jails throughout my career. My focus was on giving them tools to break the cycle of incarceration and keep them from coming back. I also previously served as a treatment representative for a sobriety court.