I came to Jackson Hole during the Yellowstone fires of 1988 with no plan of staying, and yet, here I stayed. Since then the Rocky Mountain wilderness has become a part of my soul along with the desert of the southwest--which I pleasantly realized--is only a day's drive from here. Shiva is my 8-year-old German Shepherd, born on a ranch in MT, and raised happily in Jackson Hole. He truly is a wilderness dog!!!
In the year of 2000, I developed a tutoring service for children specializing in reading, writing, and elementary math. I began my journey as a private tutor after achieving my BA and teaching license in Elementary Education. I ran this business for 10 years, as well as a tutoring nonprofit under the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole for 3 years. As a tutor, I use a therapeutic approach .
In 2007, I began my work as a therapist while achieving my MS in Mental Health Counseling, and became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2008. I have been counseling individuals of all ages from young child to older adult, and families, for 10 years. I am passionate in my work to help others heal and grow. It is what I was meant to do though it took me until the age of 40 to change careers. I was drawn to the subject of psychology and had a strong desire to help others at the age of 19, but not until the age of 40, did I feel I had enough life-experience to confidently commit to this profound field of work...and I truly love it.