"Out", proud, and open about my sexual orientation since 1992, both as a counselor and as a human being, I not only recognize , but have successfully faced and lived the distinct challenges that bisexuality and mixed orientation relationships engender in a person's life. Sexual and erotic orientation for many people exist not as a polarity, but rather on a continuum. I am specifically trained in sexuality , sexual identity, sexual and erotic orientation, and LGBTQ issues with a special emphasis on working with bisexuality , alternative sexual lifestyles, mixed -orientation relationships, and those who are questioning. This journey of self-discovery ultimately culminates in accepting, honoring, and celebrating one's own inherent sexual self-identity as your birthright, which is a huge part of fully claiming one's authentic self. The core value in my approach is helping clients to self-identify and fully embrace their unique identity and sexuality , while always striving for personal honesty , integrity, and wholeness . Yes, people do live fulfilling lives whatever their sexual identity !
I have been a counselor in the field of mental health and addictions for the past 20 years and in private practice since 2002. I earned my bachelors degree in Human Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in mental health counseling, and my graduate degree in counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to my formal education, my background includes a three and a half year experiential training program in trauma recovery and attachment issues, and working with the impact of early childhood events on people's adult lives and their relationships. This intensive training included: learning how to "read" and effectively work with regulating the autonomic nervous system, discharging traumatic overload , and incorporating the latest in neuro-scientific research and how it applies to traumatic imprints, anxiety, depression, relationships, and addictions. My counseling practice includes integrating a number of different treatment approaches and interventions, specific to each client, as everyone differs as to what will work best for them. During my first session, we will meet and discuss your individual needs and see if working together feels like a "fit" or a "match". From there we will design a counseling plan that will be realistic and reasonable for what you desire. There is no charge for this initial session.