I used to teach 4th and 5th grade in an inner-city elementary school. On the wall in my classroom was a long banner that read, “When you believe in yourself, anything is possible.” I was always amazed by how that banner impacted my students. I would hear them repeating the words to encourage each other when an assignment was difficult, or saying it to me when I would lapse into some explanation about why we couldn’t do something as a class. I found myself repeating the message on that banner as a sort of mantra, especially when I was taking a risk to begin something new, or asking my students to do the same. My passion for believing that people could succeed and live the life of their dreams through inner-strength and self-confidence led me to pursue a degree in psychotherapy.
I graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO with a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychotherapy in 2003. At Naropa I learned what it meant to be in the present moment, how to slow down, the wisdom of feeling, how to have compassion for myself as well as others, and that how I defined myself was, at best, a small prison cell. Through the study of Eastern Philosophy, Buddhism, and Western Psychology as well as the help of some wise teachers, therapists, and meditation instructors, I began to understand that each and every one of us is so much more than our limited, conditioned beliefs about who we think we are. Since I graduated, I have found myself called to work with people who believe that something is inherently wrong with them- and helping them see that this conditioned sense of self is not who they are. My passion in life is to shine the light of truth on this low self-esteem epidemic in the West and to help people live their lives based on their gifts and passions instead of their fears and insecurities. I believe that with support each and every one of us can overcome our belief that we are not good enough and live the life that we are meant to live. I love helping people with therapy. Golden, Co is a great place to live and work.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”