I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I always have. My brother and I spent much of our childhood battling imaginary enemies and overcoming impossible obstacles that the evil Shredder put in our way. Each turtles’ unique strength complemented the other, and they most often triumphed when they worked in harmony.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was in training. Life-lessons instilled in me by these mutated reptiles would foster my appreciation for the manner in which a family system is fortified by each member’s uniqueness.
In my experience, this holds true in all facets of life including one’s family, one’s community of faith, one’s peer group, and even one’s work colleagues. An individual’s unique strengths should be cultivated and exercised regularly in order to successfully overcome life’s Shredders. I enjoy partnering with children and families to explore ways to awaken and implement their unique gifts.
I utilize an eclectic strengths-based approach in working with youth ages 2 – 17 and their families. I see value in helping families recognize and nourish their unique skills which may have gone dormant due to difficult circumstances. I aim to ever-evolve my already expansive toolbox of therapeutic interventions which includes elements of play therapy, animal assisted therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, family systems therapy, parenting skills, and motivational interviewing. I am well-versed in working with children and families with complex trauma/PTSD, self-esteem issues, ADHD, motivational challenges, behavioral issues, anxiety and depression, anger management, boundary problems, school difficulties, and conflict resolution. In the professional setting I’m recognized as warm, welcoming, authentic, respectful, creative, knowledgeable, and witty.
My family consists of best friend and bride of 17 years, our 15-year-old son, and our 13-year-old daughter. We enjoy spending our time with church activities, lifting weights, playing sports, hiking, watching movies, playing board and video games, playing with our pets, gardening, and volunteering for community service projects.
I have a Master of Social Work degree from Colorado State University, and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado. I have worked with traumatized youth and families for 15 years in the residential and clinical setting.