The Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapists award Janet the "Therapist of the Year" designation for 2016.

My favorite quote:  “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”  ― Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

My favorite quote:  “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”  ― Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

Who am I?

Obviously, you will be getting to know me at the same time I am getting to know you in our first session together. It is important for you to work with a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. You won't know if you like me or not until after our first session. But, below is some information about me to start with. You are also more than welcome to check out my Facebook or LinkedIn pages (buttons at bottom of this page). Due to ethical constraints, I am not able to "friend" or "connect with" potential clients or clients, but you can peruse my public profile and public posts. I look forward to meeting you in person!

Degrees, Registrations and Memberships:

  • Regis University, Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, Denver, CO: Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, December 2013
  • Northwestern University, College of Arts and Sciences, Evanston, IL: Bachelor of Arts, concentrations in sociology and linguistics
  • Registered Psychotherapist: NLC.0104206
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: MFT.0001288
  • Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Colorado Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Theoretical Orientation (ask me more about this):
My counseling style is Client-Centered/Systemic. When working with children, I use a combination of play therapy, solution-focused therapy, trauma-informed sensorimotor therapy, and attachment theory. Whenever possible, I bring the child’s family and other important attachment figures into our work. When working with couples, I primarily employ Gottman’s marital principles and Sue Johnson’s Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). With families, I use play and art therapy, along with emotion-focused family therapy. With all clients, I use narrative theory as my foundation and am always conceptualizing using a systemic, multi-cultural lens. If you would like further information on any of my approaches or techniques, I would be happy to provide you with answers to any questions you may have.

Specialties:

  • Couples/relationship counseling: Couples, friends, traditional relationships, non-traditional relationships, LGBT, etc.
  • Family therapy
  • Emotional, verbal and/or narcissistic abuse
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Trauma and abuse victims, PTSD, C-PTSD
  • Adult children of alcoholics
  • And more...

Experience:

Intern Therapist, Maria Droste Counseling Center, Denver, CO, June 2013 – June 2014
Provided counseling services via:

  • Maria Droste’s Options Program, which enables community members to access mental health services on a sliding scale basis. At Maria Droste’s Colorado Boulevard location, I work with couples, families, and individuals, receive weekly individual and regular group supervision, and attend weekly in-service programs on a variety of clinical topics.
  • Maria Droste’s Children First Program, which provides on-site mental health services to more than 20 area elementary schools. At my assigned school, Gust Elementary (DPS High-Needs/Hard-to-Serve School, 82% Hispanic, 92%+ receiving free-or-reduced lunch), I act as the school counselor, providing services to children and families. I receive referrals from the school’s psychologist and work closely with her to prioritize client load based on critical need. I work with parents as much as possible and have several families for whom I to provide counseling and case management-type services. I work mainly with children and families who are at high-risk, have experienced trauma, domestic violence, or are or have been homeless. I occasionally accompany Gust assistant principals on home visits/checks and submit child abuse and neglect reports to DDHS as necessary.

Regis University Counseling Lab, Broomfield, CO
16-week Practicum: Spring 2013
During this practicum, I worked in Regis’ cutting-edge counseling lab under close supervision via one-way mirror viewing and recorded sessions. In this setting, I counseled couples with a co-therapist.

AWARDED the Regis Alumni/Student Counseling Alliance (RASCA) honor for Innovation in Counseling. “Throughout her academic career at Regis, she has found ways to advocate for people when she has witnessed racial discrimination, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and discrimination due to poverty. She sees injustices and then acts so that she can empower those that have been marginalized and address instances of oppression that she witnesses. She is a role model for action.”