Our experienced, caring staff of counselors and therapists specialize in helping youth and families work through substance use issues, mental health issues, behavior concerns, family conflict, and many other issues that affect youth and their relationships with family members and others.
I am one of the facilitators for the DUI/DWAI education and therapy classes. I have my BA and am a CAC II. I am a straightforward, down-to-earth person, and that is how I teach. I use a few different techniques in my groups, such as motivational interviewing, CBT, and DBT. I have been a substance abuse counselor since 2008 and have been with the DUI/DWAI program at Turning Point since 2016.
As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with a Family Systems twist, I help clients navigate their own personal hurdles in life. I help my clients gain education and coping skills to overcome this crazy world we live in and hopefully thrive moving forward. I work with clients on understanding, kindness, and compassion. I have worked with a variety of different groups of people and ranges of substance abuse and mental health. With previous experiences ranging from children as young as 8 to adults in their 60s, I have worked with a wide range of people. Many of my clients have struggled in the past with depression, anxiety, substance issues, grief, trauma, and other various mental health needs. As a clinician, I have worked with families, individuals, and couples in crisis. I also have weekly groups focused on interpersonal relationships as well. For many clients, a helping hand can be the help they need, and I am always honored to be that hand.
“We are all doing the best we can in the moment.” – Virginia Satir
I have worked at Turning Point for eleven years as a Crisis Intervention Counselor helping young people and their families overcome mental and substance abuse issues. I have a background in Bilingual Educational Counseling and have a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. I have worked as an Alternative High School teacher and Counselor, as well as a Bilingual Elementary School Counselor in the Loveland and Fort Collins area for over 40 years. I also have Hispanic Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Drug and Alcohol training throughout the state of Colorado. I am married and I have two boys, and I currently live in the Loveland area. When I’m not helping young people, I like to garden and restore old classic cars.
I provide therapy for adults and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use. I primarily work from a cognitive-behavioral perspective and also incorporate solution-focused, strengths-based, and play approaches. What this means is you can expect compassionate listening and guidance that focuses on helping you identify the patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that make you who you are – not only those that cause dysfunction, but also those that have enabled you to succeed. When needed, I also provide education on what science tells us about how the mind and body work together in order to help you understand your experience.
I graduated with my Master’s in Social Work in 2019 from Widener University in Pennsylvania. I am a licensed Social Worker, I am in the process of becoming a CAC II, and I am working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I provide individual therapy to older adolescents and adults who are struggling with substance use and mental health issues. Using cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing, I do my best to help my clients make changes in their lives. I know that it can be difficult to begin the therapeutic process, so I work to provide my clients with an environment that is safe, supportive, and encouraging. My goal is to help my clients reach their full potential and achieve their goals.