Credentials, Education, and Associations
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I graduated in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in Clinical Mental Health. I have been in my own private practice here at Mindful Counseling Solutions since 2013. I obtained my undergraduate degree at the University of Denver in 1997. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and The Colorado Counseling Association.
Previous and Additional Professional Experience
In addition to my private practice, I lead two groups at The Wellness Treatment Center, an intensive outpatient program for depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. I facilitate a group on goal setting and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention every week.
In 2011, I was counselor at the University of Colorado Denver’s Student and Community Counseling Center, serving both students and community members. I was an intern and post-graduate extern at Noeticus Counseling Center from 2012 to 2013, where I provided individual and group counseling. I served as the coordinator for their Dialectical Behavior Therapy program, managing group facilitators and developing policy guidelines. I also co-created and lead a class based on Pragmatic and Experiential Therapy for Couples.
I have had an interest in counseling all the way back to high school, where I was a peer counselor and mentor for at-risk youth.
I believe it is essential for any counselor to have also been a client. I have done my own therapy off and on with a number of therapists for 15 years, including group and family counseling. I became interested in mindfulness practices in 2006. Since then, I have participated in a cumulative 2 months of group and solos weeklong silent retreats. I’ve pursued many other avenues of personal growth, including physical fitness, athletics, philosophy, and spirituality.
Previous Career Experience
In addition to my counseling career, I’ve been a professional musician and private instructor for the past 20 years, specializing in jazz, theater, and popular music. I played full-time until 2012, and continue limited performances when I’m not counseling.
I play two instruments, the electric bass guitar and double bass. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from the Lamont School of Music at The University of Denver. Following my undergraduate, I attended the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles for two summers, where I performed and studied with multiple Grammy award-winning musicians and studio musicians. Highlight performances included Diana Krall at the Hollywood bowl and jazz master Herbie Hancock.
Since then, I have performed with many of Denver’s top musicians, including Colorado Hall of Fame musician Lannie Garrett and saxophonist Nelson Rangell. I have also performed at traveling Broadway shows at the Buell Theatre, including “Wicked”, “Spamalot”, and “Billy Elliot.”
During my musical career, I spent half my time as a private instructor. This is a large reason I became a therapist, as the close one-on-one helping relationship of music instruction is similar to the counseling process. I’ve incorporate many of the insights I have garnered through teaching music into my counseling, and vice versa.