MA, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor
-Faculty at Naropa University in Counseling Psychology
-Executive Director of non-profit Equine Therapy program (2012-13)
-Ten years of experience facilitating international experiential education programs with Where There Be Dragons
-Instructor for Princeton University's Bridge Year in China lecture series in Eastern Philosophy (2012)
-Leader of pilgrimage programs to Tibet's sacred Mount Kailash (2005 and 2006)
For over ten years I have worked as a guide, psychotherapist, and educator at home in Colorado and in places like Tibet, India, Southeast Asia, and China. Bringing a unique blend of therapeutic and educational experience, my style combines farmyard practicality, research-based psychology, and a belief in the human ability to connect to a power greater than self.
Depending on client needs, I use traditional office counseling that explores layers of emotion and belief as well as the human connection to a greater system (Transpersonal Psychology); and Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), using horses as partners to help clients repair and deepen their relationship style. Throughout the therapeutic process, I use mindfulness and somatic practices to help clients reorganize their minds and bodies into higher functioning.
My experience in the field of psychology began well before I pursued professional psychological work. As a former educational guide and Wilderness EMT, I facilitated medical evacuations from expeditions in Kashmir, China, Tibet, and Laos between 2005 and 2011, and saw the impact of life-threatening events on the psyche. During Colorado's Fourmile Fire of 2010 and the Boulder Floods of 2013, I coordinated individual and group psychological trauma support for disaster victims.
Having lived for nearly a decade in India, China, Thailand, and Laos, my professional focus outside of my private practice is understanding how trauma and grief affect people across cultures, and how cultural context acts as an agent in the onset of trauma-related diagnoses such as PTSD. I am currently conducting research on how military subculture can protect against, or provoke, emotional dysregulation.
My experience includes: Faculty at Naropa University in Counseling Psuychology; Six years as a psychotherapist, both in private practice and as Executive Director of a non-profit Equine Therapy program; Ten years of experience facilitating international experiential education programs with Where There Be Dragons; Instructor for Princeton University's Bridge Year in China lecture series in Eastern Philosophy; and Leader of 2 group pilgrimages to Tibet's sacred Mount Kailash in 2005 and 2006.