I have been interested in people, feelings, and relationships since I was very young, and knew I wanted to be a therapist as soon as I learned what one was at the age of 14. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies in 1995, I moved from the midwest across the country to rural Oregon. There, I began working with chemically dependent pregnant women, and as a counselor with teenage girls in residential treatment, and knew right away I was in the right field.
It was also at that time, in my early twenties, that I began to explore the practice of yoga. Wanting to incorporate all that I was learning through meditation and yoga with my interest in psychology, I chose to pursue my Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University, which I graduated from in 2003.
While at Naropa, I chose to focus on the intersection of human development along the pathways of attachment and spiritual growth. The program combined rigorous clinical training with contemplative mindfulness practices that are part of the foundation of my approach as a psychotherapist. During graduate school, I immersed myself also in studying Ashtanga yoga at the Yoga Workshop.
After receiving my master’s degree, I worked as a primary therapist for four years at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, and developed their therapeutic yoga program during that time. In 2007, I began working as an outpatient psychotherapist at La Luna Center, began my private practice, and completed the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s Training for the Treatment of Trauma.
I married my husband Jayson in 2007, and became a mother in 2009. In my early years as a mother, my interest in energetics and spirituality deepened again. I continued in my yoga studies and also completed Meditating with the Body, a body based meditation course taught by Reggie Ray, studied with Sandra Ingerman on shamanic journeying, and received my Level 3 certification in Reiki through Reiki Colorado.
As I settled more fully into marriage and family life, I returned to my original interest in human development, attachment, and relationship. It was then that I discovered Stan Tatkin and his model for couple therapy. I began training with him in his method, the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, in 2013, and am now Level 3 Trained, and focus primarily on couples in my work.
Since 2016 I have been on faculty for The Relationship School, founded by my husband, Jayson Gaddis, which teaches a 9 month long class on the deep psychology of intimate relationships, and also trains people to become relationship coaches. Together, we have developed Present Centered Couple’s Coaching, a coaching model for working with couples. I am also an occasional guest on Jayson’s podcast, the The Relationship School Podcast.
While I continue to love studying and facilitating relationship work, I am most fulfilled by spending time with my family. Being a mother and wife are two roles I couldn’t ever really envision myself inhabiting when I was younger, but thankfully, I made those leaps of faith, and showed up completely for them. My life is made meaningful by the relationships I hold most dear, and I look forward to supporting you in yours.
I pursue training in cutting edge, research based clinical methodologies, as well as the transpersonal practices of meditation, yoga, and energy work. I utilize experiential modalities and body-centered approaches, such as Gestalt and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which I find deeply enhances the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy. My theoretical stance is informed by family systems theory, attachment theory, and developmental neuroscience, in addition to my contemplative and transpersonal training and studies.
Most importantly, my family life deeply inspires me and my work. I live in Boulder, Colorado, where I maintain a part-time private practice while also parenting our two young children with my husband, Jayson.
- Faculty member of The Relationship School
- Level 3 Trained in PACT
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Training for Treating Trauma
- Primary Therapist at La Luna Center, Boulder, CO
- Primary Therapist at Eating Disorder Center of Denver
- Post Graduate Training at the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies
- Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University 2003
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wittenberg University, 1995
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