I have been in the psychology field for over twenty years and in private practice since 2002. I have extensive experience providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy to people with a wide range of issues. My experience includes working in a variety of settings including private practice, university counseling centers, hospitals, and community mental health.
I went into this field because of my belief in people’s strengths. I believe that what is not working for people can be changed by what is working for people, and that everyone obtains the ability to overcome difficulties to create the lives that they want. I approach the people I work with the greatest respect because I consider it an honor to do the work that I do and be part of people’s journeys to reach greater happiness and fulfillment.
I received a B.A. in Psychology from Bowdoin College, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. The former Director of Wellness at the University of Denver, I have also been an adjunct professor in both the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver’s Master’s and Doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology and have taught and supervised hundreds of clinicians in training through the years.
In addition to my clinical work, I have devoted a great amount of energy to expanding and enhancing the field of Psychology in Colorado and beyond. I am the past president of the Colorado Society of Psychologists in Private Practice and served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA). In my capacity at CPA, I led the state’s psychologists’ legislative efforts as chair of the CPA Legislative Committee, working with legislators, other mental health professional groups, the public, and mental health consumer advocacy groups to fight for the highest quality mental health services possible for clients. I am also the past president of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to innovative suicide prevention efforts geared toward teenagers and working aged-adults. Currently, I serve as the American Psychological Association Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the state of Colorado in an effort to mobilize mental health professionals around national issues concerning the fields of psychology and mental health provision.
As part of my efforts to advocate for quality mental health care in a variety of settings, I am also the president and owner of a psychology consulting firm, Beacon View Consulting, LLC which provides psychoeducational presentations, assessment and intervention services to a variety of workplaces.
A Note About The Therapeutic Relationship: The relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important factors in a successful therapy experience. In fact, research indicates that an environment in which the client trusts and is comfortable with his or her therapist provides the best opportunity for success and healthy change. Consequently, I offer a free initial consultation to allow clients to determine if there exists a good “fit” between us.
Commitment to Diversity / Multiculturalism: Throughout my undergraduate and graduate education and all of my practical work experience, one of my strongest commitments has been to issues of diversity. I am not only “tolerant” and “understanding” of differences, I am affirmative. One of my goals as a therapist is to help people unfold into who they are and truly want to be. I consider it an honor to work with people of all genders, ethnicities, ages, physical abilities, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities.