MA, LPC, EMDR
I am a trauma survivor! I also hold a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. My trainings include completion of trainings and certification of EMDR at the Maiberger Institute in Boulder, CO, REBT at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Rapid Resolution Therapy with Dr Jon Connelly. I have enhanced my knowledge and education with therapeutic methods I have experienced, and have achieved a successful degree of recovery. I use them in my practice because I believe in their efficacy. Please see my Resource page for more information. I have walked the walk and it is relatively painless. This also does not need to be a lengthy process. Truth be told talk therapy is not an effective method for addressing trauma, anxiety and depression.
It is common for trauma survivors to struggle with strong emotions, it makes sense that we would focus on our emotional mind which is also called the subconscious. The conscious part of our mind is the thinking part of our mind, and the subconscious part of our mind the more primitive, emotional part of our mind. That’s why you will often hear yourself say “I can’t help but to feel this way.”
RRT is rooted in the belief that we must go beyond our thinking mind to access our subconscious mind in order to heal. Using altered states of consciousness the subconscious becomes aware a traumatic event is over and no longer needs to spend time focusing energy on protecting ourselves, more space is created for living a life with an increase in clarity and peace. It is as if subconscious mind is finally getting the news that everything is ok, all threats are gone, and there is no need to revisit these memories like a broken record. Don't just imagine breaking free from the ghosts of your past, be ready to experience it because it is possible!
I enjoy the work of facilitating transformation in people's lives. It all started as an 8 year old child playing to help my playmates and listening to their stories. It is my life's work! I continue to expand my knowledge with trainings and readings on new material on trauma and its effects on people. I am licensed in the state of Colorado as an LPC # 0011828.
It takes an outsider, and I am an outsider! someone with fresh eyes to see conditions in an objective fashion, to point out the elephant in the room. Without shaming, blaming, magnifying, or minimizing the main challenge, my goals as a psychotherapist are based on the belief that people want to be happy, effective and successful in their lives and they have within themselves the resources to achieve these goals. I help my clients most effectively by accessing their internal resources to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to solve problems, and to create paths to the lives they want.
My areas of knowledge include:
* Complex Trauma (domestic violence, childhood/physical, mental, sexual abuse)
* Anxiety / Panic
* Grief & Loss
* Women's Issues
I am originally from Mexico, and have been living in the US for more than 30 years. Therefore my education and training has been here in this great country of ours. It has been my clinical experience and observations that we women face similar issues, regardless of culture! Insecurities, low self esteem, shame, perfectionism, and disconnection, to name a few. I have faced these issues myself. I feel privileged in my line of work because my career/journey of self healing have exposed me to different therapy methods, education and trainings that have helped me resolve all trauma and its symptoms to then help others, including but not limited to uncomfortable feelings, emotions, and internal self critic (the little monster that tells us we're not good enough). I have determined that the world needs more empowered women, with impeccable boundaries.
Are you ready to be fearless?
Lately, there has been an increased need for help in treating anxiety disorders for people who have chronic use of THC. If this is the case for you, I can help decrease the intensity of these symptoms, without taking away the joy of its use. Call me to schedule a free half an hour consultation to see if we can work together. It is important to remember consistency in treatment is key to progress.