I specialize in family and divorce mediation, workplace mediation, court ordered parent coordination and decision making, as well as individual, family and couples therapy.
I graduated from the University Of Nebraska- Lincoln with a Masters of Science in Counseling in 1999 and am a Registered Psychotherapist in the state of Colorado. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and a member of The Mediation Association of Colorado. I am actively involved as a senior Mediator for the City of Fort Collins and the municipal court. I am also a member, in good standing, with The Colorado Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, COAFCC.
I believe that mediation is the best way to resolve family conflict, especially in matters involving divorcing couples faced with the challenge of child custody arrangements and parenting plans. Mediation is a process in which parties in conflict generate their own resolution under the impartial guidance of a professional mediator; the process rests on the premise that by sharing one's needs and concerns with the other party, a mutual understanding will be the result. By building respect and trust, mediation helps resolve current conflicts and prevents future ones. Mediation is a fraction of the price that is incurred by using attorneys and proves to have a more desirable outcome for all parties.
Workplace Mediation offers important benefits to employers and employees alike.
It provides fast, creative, mutually satisfactory resolutions. When a dispute is mediated shortly after it arises, the chances of optimal resolution are much greater: the parties' differences have not had a chance to fester, the situation is generally more fluid, and the parties have more resolution options available to them. Mediated resolutions work better and last longer than authoritatively imposed resolutions because everyone involved buys into them. Moreover, mediation fosters mutual respect through improved communication.
Mediation can mend and preserve frayed working relationships, even when the parties are extremely angry.
I offer solution focused therapy and enjoy working with diverse client populations. I see therapy as a relationship in which we work together to help you to access your inner resources and resilience. My job as a therapist is to guide you all the way through the joys or difficulties you face. I work with each client to determine goals and to create a customized treatment plan to meet the specific needs of the individual.
-I am happy to offer free consultations and a sliding fee scale.
My goal as a PC/DM is to keep parenting disputes out of court and to give parents more control over parenting decisions regarding their children. In high conflict cases, the court may order the appointment of a Parenting Coordinator or Decision Maker. It is my job to facilitate communication, provide advice, and to assist parents to interpret the existing court orders. Decision Makers are appointed by the court only upon the agreement of the parents. Unlike Parenting Coordinators, Decision Makers interpret the existing parenting plan and are authorized to make binding decisions, which are filed in writing with the court. The benefit of having a Decision Maker is that parents can quickly resolve parenting conflicts without hiring an attorney or going to court. Decisions are often made verbally and later filed with the court in writing. An appointment of a PC/DM is usually two years.