My Philosophy

I see the strengths and potential in everyone I meet, and am moved by clients’ love, commitment to change, and resilience. Please see the story called The Cracked Pot and blog, “Shedding New Light on the Cracked Pot Story” to learn more about my philosophy as a therapist.

Who I Am

I am a wife and a mother of a beautiful son.  I understand what it means to be in a committed, conscious relationship. I am also a “mamapreneur” and understand the challenges of mothers who work outside the home. Having been a full-time mom for my son’s first two years (after working outside the home), I also have great respect for stay at home parents. I do my best in finding a  balance between gratifying work, family time, couple time, and self-care/spiritual growth, and feel grateful for all of it!

Where I’ve Worked

I have worked in a variety of settings, such as K-12 schools, intensive outpatient programs for teens and adults, a dual diagnosis transitional residential treatment center, DUI groups, Couples & Families “teaching clinics” with one way mirrors and filmed sessions, and finally private practice. I continually hear from individuals in recovery “you understand me”, and from family members, “I appreciate your compassion, hope, and guidance”.

My Therapeutic Practice

Couples and families find that doing real exercises in my office or workshops in expressing feelings and needs, sharing appreciations, working through conflicts, etc. increases their confidence and competence in using these skills outside of sessions.slow couples and families down so they can be more aware of their internal process and family member’s body language, and coach them to interact in more genuine, effective, and compassionate ways.

I practice therapy in unique ways that go beyond talk therapy. I utilize a “show me” (your problem, solutions, feelings, secret longings, hidden pain, relationship dynamics, etc.) method of therapy to help clients get to the core of their impasse.  Art, writing, drama, and sand therapy support clients in telling their story and more fully expressing themselves. Movement therapy also allows clients to access their bodies’ (or intuition) wisdom, emotions, and memories.

Training and Education

  • PACT Level I Couples Therapist- PACT Institute, Boulder, CO
  • Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Denver Family Institute (DFI), Denver, CO
  • Certificate in Yoga Teacher Training- Axis Yoga, Denver, CO
  • Certified Senior Addictions Counselor, Level III- CO #7085; Odyssey Training Center, Denver, CO and Oakton Community College, IL
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker- CO #1434; Master of Social Work (MSW): Loyola University- Chicago, IL
  • Special Education Teacher, Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Groups and Workshops

  • I co-facilitate a new parents group and a new mamas group.
  • I facilitate a workshop called “Have Each Other’s Backs Again!” for couples with at least one partner who is in recovery from addiction
  • I co-facilitate a weekend Family Program at a residential addiction treatment center.

Lana is a compassionate and dedicated therapist who helped me feel heard, understand how my past has affected me, and identified patterns in my life. What brought me into therapy was feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and irritable, which led to me drinking too much and emotional eating. After working with Lana, I’m headed in the right direction and more mindful of my eating and drinking patterns.