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About Me

Here to Support You

Kaila earned a BA in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Following graduation, she completed her Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at Naropa University, with additional coursework in human sexuality, couples counseling, and family systems. 


She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) working towards licensure in the state of Colorado. Kaila is a clinician member of the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders. 


Kaila also holds neurofeedback certification with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Kaila's other passions include singing, hiking, and playing with animals. She is the lead vocalist for a local gypsy-jazz band.

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Feedback I’ve Received

 

Emily Williams, MA, LPC

Kaila is a natural and deeply gifted counselor.  She offers unceasing support, positive regard, and gorgeous compassion to her clients... building  transformational and truly healing relationships.  She brings a high level of professionalism to her work, and I trust her completely."

Qualifications & Trainings

My training covers a broad spectrum of mental health services, and I’m happy to share my experience and qualifications.

 

MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology

August 2011 - May 2015

"Naropa blends the best practices in the field with contemplative and mind/body integration to develop [graduates] as an instrument of healing, helping [graduates] cultivate the self-awareness and sensitivity to work inclusively with diverse populations."
https://www.naropa.edu/academics/masters/clinical-mental-health-counseling/

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Facilitator Training

February 2019

"Dialectical Behavior Therapy® (DBT®) is a skills-based, psychoeducational model designed to help clients learn and practice basic tools for managing compulsive, addictive, and self-harming behaviors; intrusive thoughts; intense or overwhelming feelings; chronic feelings of emptiness; ongoing relationship crises; and other painful experiences. Rooted in principles of mindfulness practice, existential philosophy, developmental psychology, and cognitive/behavioral therapy, DBT® skills training is particularly helpful to clients in the early stages of any kind of recovery process or those who find themselves stuck in destructive patterns that are hard to break, though its current applications far exceed that historical focus. This class introduces the theoretical framework of DBT® and the Four Basic Skills Modules that clients learn in DBT® Skills Training. These are: 1) Mindfulness; 2) Distress Tolerance; 3) Emotion Regulation; and 4) Interpersonal Effectiveness. It also reviews the Auxiliary Modules that include the General Skills and Middle Path or Dialectical Thinking Skills."

https://noeticus.coursestorm.com/category/dbt-facilitator-training

Applied Suicide Intervention

March 2014

"ASIST can provide those in formal helping roles with professional development to ensure that they are prepared to provide suicide first aid help as part of the care they provide." 
http://www.sprc.org/resources-programs/applied-suicide-intervention-skills-training-asist

Paraprofessional Antiviolence Training

October 2013

"Learn about social justice issues, the dynamics of abuse, how to provide support in a non-judgmental way and how to use your time to advance positive social change... training incorporates crisis intervention skills and trainees develop tools to challenge the various systems of oppression.
Throughout the training, volunteers develop active listening skills and practice ethical communication while learning about SPAN’s programs, procedures and philosophy in order to support survivors and their families in the best way possible." 
https://www.safehousealliance.org/support-span/volunteer-information/

Integral Leadership

August 2013

"Esalen’s Integral Leadership Program provides students with the opportunity to supplement university learning with an unparalleled immersion into the Esalen experience. The program explores conscious leadership skills that are critical for today’s world: emotional intelligence, ecological awareness, conflict resolution, and self-expression. Esalen’s integral, living-and-learning educational model combines classroom experiences and transformative practices with communal work and living, guided by the idea that the mental and physical dimensions of the self, other, and land are inextricably linked."

https://www.esalen.org/integralleadership

Introduction to Hakomi

September 2012

"Integrating scientific, psychological, and spiritual sources, Hakomi has evolved into a complex and elegant form of psychotherapy that is highly effective with a wide range of populations. The method draws from general systems theory and modern body-centered therapies including Gestalt, Psychomotor, Feldenkrais, Focusing, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming, and the work of Wilhelm Reich and Alexander Lowen. Core concepts of gentleness, nonviolence, compassion, and mindfulness evolved from Buddhism and Taoism.

At its most basic level, Hakomi is the therapeutic expression of a specific set of Principles: Mindfulness, Nonviolence, Unity, Organicity and Mind-Body Integration; these tenets inform every aspect of the work."

http://hakomiinstitute.com/about/the-hakomi-method

Gestalt Institute of the Rockies

January 2012 - August 2012 (two trimesters)

"GIR is a training institute created in an open and non-judgmental learning environment.  Students have the opportunity to practice and integrate therapeutic skills while receiving important feedback and support from seasoned and skilled facilitators.
GIR asks students to delve into their own process as a person and as a therapist.  There are opportunities to explore issues on a personal and professional level while experiencing relationship."

 http://www.gestaltoftherockies.com/about.html