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"Resilience is based on being able to accept ambiguity and find hope amid uncertain conditions."  This notion, shared by Dr. Pauline Boss, is one that is central to my clinical practice.  We all have points in our lives when stress, change, or loss may leave us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or unsure of what lies ahead.  The opportunity to warmly welcome clients into my office to re-gain their center, tap into internal resources, and nurture the development of new strategies is one I welcome each time I meet someone new.  


Parenting is one of our most loving, humbling, adventurous, and challenging roles.  When we bravely open our hearts, it is also one where we may learn some of our most important lessons.  Dr. Brené Brown explains in her "wholehearted parenting manifesto" the following: "Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable.  You will learn through my words and actions...You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections." 


Our need for connection, from infancy through old age, is one of the most central to our lives.  How do we forge relationships, nurture them, and navigate conflicts that inevitably arise?  Within the sacred space of therapy, we can explore those challenges together.  Often, our fear of vulnerability can interfere with our relationships.  As Dr. Brené Brown poignantly puts it, our goal is to be able to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn't change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.   


The clinical and cultural benefits of integrating a therapy dog into counseling is supported by over 30 years of research.  This research has revealed that animals can have an incredible influence on the emotional and physical healing of people.  Delving into the breadth of benefits that the presence or interaction with animals can have, I was the first School Counselor to pilot a therapy dog program into my clinical work at Dawson School in 2019, and concurrently into my private practice.  Rocky and I are a certified team with Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado.  

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