Marie is a psychotherapist at Calming the Heart, her private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Her approach is grounded in mindfullness, and assisting clients in welcoming all parts of themselves. She helps clients move from suffering, or the spirit of seriousness, and  to rekindle the spirit of play. As a transpersonal therapist, she integrates ancient wisdom with modern psychology.

Marie has been a student of Dr. Betty Cannon, learning and practicing Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) and Gestalt for the last three years. AEP integrates the insights of contemporary existential and psychodynamic approaches with techniques inspired by Gestalt and other experiential therapies. She works with individuals, couples and families.

Marie was married for 26 years and brings her 25 years of teaching children, and raising her own four children, as part of her wisdom basket. She sees herself as a midwife for the inner journey, where she helps clients birth and integrate all aspects of themselves. She is currently adjunct faculty at Naropa University, teaching Gestalt. Marie is also cofounder of Grounded Hearts, a Cotherapy Practice for Couples. She holds a Masters Degree from Naropa University, as well as teaching credentials in California and Oregon. Marie has been actively engaged in her own inner work for the past 30 years. She is a Whirling Dervish, and a student of Universal Sufism, The Path of The Heart.


Something happens, and we find ourselves seeking help to relieve our suffering, or a deep desire arises to change habitual patterns that no longer serve us. Psychotherapy offers a process for diving into our interior and allowing our deepest, darkest secrets into the light of day. This process is like digging for gold. We learn to face our demons, rather than  allowing fear to run our lives. This process requires deep courage and a willingness to be seen and heard by another. Sharing in such a deep and intimate way requires a willingness to be vulnerable. It is in our vulnerability and our willingness to share our truth that healing can happen. Psychotherapy is the great inner journey where the reward is discovering the path to our own precious heart — the real gold. Like The Velveteen Rabbit, we learn to love ourselves alive. We are then able to engage all of our relationships in a new and integrated way, as we build and touch in with our authentic and essential self. We become rooted and grounded in our own sense of self. In counseling we can experience our own freedom and see that we have choice. We learn to move from suffering and shame, and rekindle a  sense of lightness and play.

Come experience a complimentary session with me and see if I am the right counselor for you. Come experience a reparative relationship and learn to speak the language of the heart.

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.  — Carl Jung