University of Northern Colorado, B.A. Psychology
University of New Orleans, M.Ed. Counselor Education
Summary of Experience:
I am a creative and fun-loving person. I started college as a music major, then realized I was fascinated by people’s behaviors, choices, and how the brain works. Along the journey of life, I earned a Masters Degree in Counseling, spent time working with troubled teens, and then landed at Larimer County Child Welfare where I stayed for close to 14 years.
I have significant experience helping children, teens, and families through some of the most difficult periods of their lives. In addition to facilitating family meetings and providing mediation, I co-facilitated psycho-educational groups promoting resilience and tackling secondary trauma.
Areas of Focus:
- Building resilience and hope
- Growing positive, healthy habits for mind, body and spirit
- anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, life changes, teenagers, young adults, couples, parenting issues
I believe that everyone can find joy and meaning in their lives. It can take time and practice to create more positive habits, but everyone has the ability to get there. My work focuses on finding clients strengths, and building on those. Sometimes folks need to sit in the moments of pain before moving to healing. I offer a safe and non-judgemental space for this work. Some clients prefer concrete goals and homework while others need a more spontaneous approach. I will cater sessions to what will most benefit the individual client. I also love to blend art and play into sessions where it makes sense. It is amazing to me how teens and adults work out their issues when they have a little paint, sand, or markers in hand.
When I’m not at Emery Counseling, I can be found at my growing insurance agency – J. Lewis Insurance. Outside of work, you might see me on a jogging trail, dancing, or enjoying my back yard with my family. I have 3 teenage daughters, two cats, and one husband 🙂
Areas of Focus
Child & Teen
Take the First Step
First time clients are welcomed in for a free 30 minute consultation with any of our counselors. This initial session will act as a meet and greet to ensure that you and the counselor are the right fit.