Hello! I’m Anna! I moved to Colorado from Minnesota about 5 years ago after completing my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Hispanic Studies at the College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University, I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSU and was drawn to their program largely because of their focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), social justice, and the prioritization of ethical, non-discriminatory treatment in the mental healthcare field. I have been working with clients for over 3 years now and and have been passionate about working with marginalized identities and populations who are traditionally underserved in the mental health field throughout my time as a clinician. I have had amazing experiences learning with and alongside colleagues and supervisors who held these values at the forefront of their practices throughout my career so far.
Throughout my career as a clinician, I have been working with individuals, couples, and families who are queer-identifying, gender non-conforming, and in non-traditional relationship and family structures, including separating or blending families. Additionally, I have experience working with many clients who are neurodivergent, both as individual clients and within couples where one or both partners are neurodivergent. As a neurodivergent clinician and a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I use some of my own experiences with these identities, as well as academic and research based perspectives to inform my work with clients who hold these or other marginalized identities.
My therapeutic approach is largely rooted in communication work, and stems from Gottman Method Couples Therapy (I am level I and II certified), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) influences. I take a systems approach to treatment, meaning, I believe that where we come form, our health, those who surround us, and our past experiences shape us and play and integral role in how we interact with others throughout our lives, and within relationships.
When my clients walk into the therapy room with me as their therapist, my goal is that they feel like they can be open about how they feel without judgment, feel safe to share anything, and feel heard and respected in the space and in my presence. It is my priority in the therapy room to work alongside my clients through their growth and healing processes. I recognize how difficult it can be to take the step and reach out for help, and I am here for you when you are ready to take that next step toward healing and growing within yourself or your relationships.
When I am not in the therapy room, I love to spend time with my partner and dog, Banjo, taking walks by the river, sitting on a sunny patio eating and drinking fun things together, or going on road trips to visit family and friends around the country! In my free time, I also really love to do anything artistic and creative. I do a lot of pottery and have fun with anything clay-related, really! I also like to draw, color, or paint whenever I have some down-time and don’t want to get all messy with clay.