MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology
- Adjunct Faculty
Master of Arts, Contemplative Counseling Psychology, Naropa University
Sexual Health Certificate, Sex Therapy, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Continuing Education (CE)
I am currently in private practice providing sex therapy and relationship counseling
in Denver, CO. I am trained and practiced in many modalities that promote mindfulness/awareness
and integrate the mind and body, including Somatic Experiencing (SE), a highly effective
approach that facilitates the somatic processing of trauma; Acceptance and Commitment
Therapy (ACT), which helps clients work toward acceptance, cultivate self-love, make
friends with all parts of themselves, and build a strong sense of identity and confidence;
and Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), a framework that encourages
couples to gain clarity around their individual thoughts and feelings in order to
better understand, be attuned to and care for their partner. I continue to train in
these modalities and others, especially those that integrate the mind and body.
"One of the primary tenets of Contemplative Psychology is the concept of Brilliant
Sanity, which suggests that each of us has a nature that is “fundamentally good: wise,
compassionate, and open”. It is the aim of Contemplative Psychotherapy to help the
client connect (or reconnect) with this intrinsic health." Karen Wegela, PhD. I particularly
love this quote, because it is the foundation that I cultivated at Naropa, and the
intention I hold when working with others.
Special Topic: Trauma Informed Care, Internship I & II (Clinical/Contemplative Supervision),
and also CSP for TRI and TRII in past semesters.
I look forward to growing my practice, perhaps in the form of a group practice that
might provide recent graduates/new therapists with opportunities for working together.