I’ve always enjoyed inspiring and motivating people to change. This inspiration and desire to motivate has been a gift throughout my personal and professional life.
If you are thinking about making a change in your life, you may be confused, lost, uncomfortable and uncertain about the future. You may be wondering what will happen to your life, your lifestyle and to the people around you if you actually go through with making the change. Here are some important questions to ask yourself if you are considering making a change:
- What are the benefits of not changing?
- What are the consequences of not changing?
- What are the benefits of changing?
- What are the consequences of changing?
Since I have made positive changes in my own life, I can understand how uncomfortable it is to be unsure and have questions about changing. One of my roles is to be a change agent, to help people make the positive changes that they want to make in their life, even when they’re not sure about the change in the beginning. As a Certified Motivational Interviewing Therapist, I can help you make the changes that you want to make in your life.
My professional training began with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2007. I earned my Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2012, completing the internship at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health in Lakewood, Colorado. I have chosen to continually work on both personal and professional development.
I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. I am a National Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association. Ambiance Counseling Services is approved by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health as a Licensed Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program.
I have experience in diagnosing and treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, providing Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT). I have experience working at a psychiatric hospital, detox facility, community corrections facility, and at non-profit community mental health centers. I have experience working with people of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults and seniors. I have worked with a variety of populations including at risk youth, criminal offenders and the homeless. I have extensive experience providing group therapy on the topics of Relapse Prevention, Addiction Recovery, Co-Occurring Disorders, Mental Health, and Criminal Thinking. I also have experience providing DUI and Domestic Violence treatment at small counseling agencies.
Since everyone is unique, services are individualized to meet the specific needs and desires of each person. Services provided are consistently grounded in and informed by the following areas of study:
- Motivational Interviewing is a goal oriented, client-centered counseling style that explores and resolves ambivalence, by working through the stages of change.
- Solution-focused therapy is future focused, goal oriented, and focuses on the solutions, rather than on the problems. We talk about how to get from where you are now, to where you want to be.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps people to look at their thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns to see what can be improved. By exploring thinking patterns that can lead to destructive behavior, and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people can modify their thinking patterns. Practice healthier thought and behavior patterns, with better coping skills.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
- Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) addresses a person’s co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
- All of these approaches are evidence based, which means that they have been proven by research to be effective.