I moved to Santa Fe, NM in 1985 to attend the College of Santa Fe. My childhood was split between East St. Louis, IL, St. Louis, MO, and Plano, TX. As a bi-"racial" individual I have experienced the warmth of inclusion and the bitterness of exclusion by many different people of all skin colors. These experiences continue to deepen my understanding of the importance of belonging along with my empathy and compassion for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and substance misuse.
We are resilient beings completely capable of achieving a sense of belonging while thriving with self-determination, even in the face of exclusion. It is one of my greatest joys, and area of expertise, to assist individuals in meeting such goals.
I use CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), SFBT (solution-focused brief therapy), and IFS (internal family systems) to help clients address loneliness, worry, grief/loss, alcohol/drug misuse, and sadness. I have also been trained in victim-centered, offender-sensitive dialogue facilitation.
NMHU, M.A. Professional Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation, School Counseling | UNM, B.A. Cultural Anthropology