I have had the pleasure of being a counselor educator and supervisor since 1988. In addition to my current position at Regis University, I have worked as a counselor educator at Texas State University, Texas Woman’s University, and Eastern Kentucky University.
My teaching philosophy is based in the adult learning theory, Andragogy (Knowles, 1970), which is a learner practitioner model of education. Based upon this foundation, I believe that counselor training and development occurs in the context of problem solving, use of inquiry, and application of critical thinking skills. I believe effective counseling programs should be a facilitative process for the learner that includes high learner experiential involvement in order to integrate a strong relational process of growth for the counselor in training. As a facilitator of my students’ growth, I strive to create supportive learning opportunities that challenge them to think empathically, analytically, and creatively, in order to develop inclusive ways of understanding and counseling diverse people. I provide supervision from a developmental counselor in training model, where the needs of the counselee are viewed developmentally within their professional growth process.
I hold licensure in Colorado as an LPC, and specialize in counseling children and adolescents. I have held LPC licensure in Texas licensure in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor. My 30+ years experience in counseling, have included counselor positions in non-profit mental health; schools, and in private practice. I operate primarily from a Gestalt Therapy orientation as a counselor, but often use Adlerian Theory and Bronfrenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Model to understand the person (or child) within her/his environment and systemic context.