Hi, everyone! My name is Wren and I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado.
I was born into a family where creativity ran the show. I spent most of my formative years writing stories and exploring my artistic side. When I was 11, I lost my dad to complications with diabetes and mental health-related issues, which sparked an influx of trauma and confusion in me as an early adolescent.
I spent an immense amount of time working through my grief and managing my own symptomatology. I found creative writing and journaling to be an integral part of my grief process and began to explore creative modalities in my own work in therapy. I found solace in reading and exercise to keep both my mind and body stimulated. For me, this was the beginning of a sparked interest in exploring a career as a counselor.
Upon entering my high school years, I discovered the power of community in my healing process. I found invaluable friendships and extra-curricular activities, which helped with my ability to name my grief and explore it further. Colorado is my home, and when it came to deciding where to attend undergrad, I chose the University of Denver where I could stay close to my mom and explore a degree in both Creative Writing and Psychology.
During my undergraduate career, I became vastly interested in working with adolescents and adults in a therapeutic setting. I found myself wanting to know more: more about the brain, more about the mind, and more about the people that surrounded me. I started doing yoga and found a connection between emotion and the movement of the body. My number one goal became to explore these themes further in a graduate setting.
After graduating from the University of Denver, I found myself volunteering with people experiencing homelessness and other difficult times doing creative writing once a week. It was the expressive and beautiful work of these people that drove me to complete graduate school at Northwestern University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, where I learned to use the psychodynamic approach (among others) to help clients name their experiences and assess how the past impacts the present.
At Through the Door Counseling, I work primarily with adolescents and adults in an individual counseling setting. I work with teens and adults experiencing grief and loss in addition to helping clients work towards improving self-esteem, managing internal conflicts, and identifying their inherent ability to flourish.
For fun, I enjoy spending time with my two dogs named Autumn and Sadie, going on hikes, reading a plethora of fiction and non-fiction, and practicing yoga. My mom is my rock and I love spending as much time with her as I can, which includes antiquing together and attending estate sales on the weekends (I love a good thrift store find!).
Counseling is a collaborative process and I hope you will find solace, safety, and comfort in sharing this space. I am thrilled to be with you on this journey and look forward to meeting you!