What if the issues prompting you to seek therapy were also some of the key ingredients needed to help strengthen who you are and transform your life for the better?
This might seem hard to believe at the moment as you are likely seeking therapy due to significant stressors and challenges in life. However, when the intention to heal is set, this is exactly what happens. So let me commend you on taking this first courageous step towards your own personal transformation.
One of the most important aspects of reaching your healing goals is the therapeutic relationship. Creating a space where you feel safe, respected and valued is of the utmost importance to me. I want you to feel confident that you can be who you are, that you can openly express your thoughts and feelings and that you can comfortably practice new behaviors at a pace and in the ways that works best for you.
The healing process will be challenging at times. Limiting beliefs and patterns from your past will resurface. (Please be assured that this is a natural and healthy part of the growth process.) What you can also trust to resurface are long forgotten personal strengths, skills and motivations.
Our work together will center on a few guiding principles:
~ Bringing mindful, compassionate attention to all of your experiences.
~ Using mind-body awareness to help identify and shift old patterns and beliefs.
~ Focusing on your core strengths, values and skills as key coping tools.
~ Practicing with both practical and creative strategies to help achieve your goals.
As a therapist and coach of 16 years, I am experienced in working with a wide range of personal growth issues and specialize in the following areas:
Mid-Life Transitions, Grief/Loss, LGBT Issues, HIV/AIDS, Addictions/Recovery, Depression/Anxiety, Personal Identity/Empowerment.
Additionally, I am a Board Certified Coach with specialized training and certification in:
Mindfulness, Creative Arts, Somatic Psychology, Compassion Cultivation, Positive Psychology, Addictions, Guided Imagery, Wellness Coaching.
Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have, or to set up an initial consultation. You can also visit my website www.JourneyBackToSelf.com for more infomation.
- National University
- Certified Creativity Coach
- Board Certified Wellness Coach
- Certified Guided Imagery Therapist
- Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Blue Shield of California
I entered therapy a year into my recovery hoping to learn more practical tools to maintain my sobriety. What I gained instead – thanks to Colleen’s support - was a whole new perspective of who I am and how I want to live my life. I won’t lie; therapy was at times challenging and painful. My addiction made me feel broken inside. But I could always trust that Colleen would be right there with me to help guide the process in a safe, caring way. Now I feel like a new person who is stronger and much more trusting of life.
Compassion is one of Colleen’s greatest skills. She has a grounded, reassuring way about her that made it easy for me to connect with her on a very human level. Therapy became a safe place to fall and a supportive place to practice new coping skills. I learned how to work through the discomfort of grief and the emotional challenges that came with rebuilding my life.
I was blessed to have Colleen help me through a very difficult period in life. Colleen is a wonderful, skilled therapist that helped me see life could go on in a new way. I so appreciate how she lovingly provided guidance to me as I made the journey from despair into acceptance. Her patient and kind manner helped me feel much better after each session. I will always be grateful for her ability to connect with me emotionally and provide me the space and time to heal.
* Reviews have been sourced and collected through a mix of verified Doctible patients and other publicly available directories.