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My backgroundI was born and raised in Fort Collins. I moved to this area to go to Colorado Christian University. I got a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry, and worked for a year at a residential facility for adolescents in Colorado Springs.I moved back to go to school at Denver Seminary, where I got a master’s degree in counseling. I helped manage Solid Grounds in grad school, then left last summer to start my own counseling practice. It’s called Ipseity Counseling — Ipseity means “to be yourself” in Latin.Counselor and advocateI specialize in working with adolescents. I do a lot of anger-management work. I work with LGBT youth. I spend a lot of time trying to advocate for that group of people. I don’t advertise myself as faith-based. I absolutely integrate faith into counseling if somebody wants to, but I don’t specifically work with Christians or advertise as a Christian counselor.There hasn’t been a lot of connection between the LGBT and Christian communities. That’s why I wanted to do what I do in my practice. Outside of the Christian community, there’s already not a lot of mental health resources for LGBT folks, but especially not for people who want to integrate faith into their lives. That’s part of my mission — a place for people to integrate faith and sexuality. I don’t have it all figured out yet, especially considering the climate of our country right now.Counseling is a lot harder than I anticipated. It takes a lot more out of you than other work. I enjoy working as a barista, and it sure doesn’t take as much of your personal emotional energy as counseling does.Coffee and kayakingWorking in this coffee shop really brings out the small town feel. We’ve got lots of locals and regulars. I feel like part of the community.I bought a kayak last summer. I take it up to Barr Lake and fish. I’m still scoping out kayaking spots.
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