I absolutely love being a professor and working with students. I primarily teach coursework in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program at Naropa. I have also been part of the design and implementation team for the hybrid delivery concentration. My research centers on cognitive predictors of nonsuicidal self-injury, mindfulness in counselor education, and spirituality. Recently, I have begun to write children’s books with a focus on social-emotional learning. I also bring a dedicated focus on addictions counseling and am the past editor of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling.
I am a licensed professional counselor, certified school counselor, and approved clinical supervisor. I have professional experience as a college counselor and private practice counselor. I served as President of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC), a division of the American Counseling Association.
Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hiking in nature, playing the ukulele with my son, and roasting coffee.
I am delighted to be a member of the Naropa community. This faculty position weaves together some of the most important threads of my life, including my passions for spirituality, meditation, and mental health counseling. I am deeply humbled to step into the rich tradition of Naropa University. I sincerely believe that the counseling programs at Naropa, with our systematic inclusion of mindfulness training, offer students an unparalleled program of study in this field.
I find myself most frequently referencing Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This book had a very significant impact on my life, and I continue to find its pages convicting, challenging, and inspiring.
This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.
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