I’m Lucille. I used to hate my name when I was little but now I love it. My name means “bringer of light.” My hope is that I leave all those I meet with a touch of light and hope.
Helping hurting people is my passion
I grew up in a small town in northwest Colorado. Small town, big family, and a lot of freedom to roam. Our family had one rule: Be home for dinner at 6:30. In the summertime I hopped on my bike and pedaled to the pool where I swam from 6 a.m. to noon doing competitive and synchronized swimming. Then my friends and I would stop by the deli for a sub sandwich, or go home for PBJs and trampoline jumping. I routinely spent whole afternoons in the library. After that my friends and I would pedal around aimlessly on our bikes until the day cooled. After dinner, packs of neighborhood kids would form ballgames in the streets. In the winter I played sports or hung out with friends. Sometimes I would take a snowmobile, by myself, into the dark countryside.
There were good times and bad
My mom was sick for much of my childhood. Even though my dad was a doctor and my mom was a nurse, nobody talked about it. She died three days before my high school graduation. I tried to deny and cover the pain and move on, but I lived with helplessness and a sense of being small. During my 20s and 30s I suffered from depression and anxiety stemming from the violence, rage, trauma, and early loss I had been exposed to.
After college, I married John and moved to the big city (Denver). I worked for a few years before staying home to raise my children. To earn a little extra money I sold Creative Memories scrapbooking supplies, and offered a time and place for people to visit while putting their family photo albums together. As my friends shared their stories, I listened. At some point, someone suggested I become a counselor.
Counseling was a good fit: Hearing the stories of others, coupled with the Columbine High School tragedy happening within walking distance of my home, and working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 tragedy, made me yearn to understand how to help people in crises. Plus, even though I had devoted my life to God in my late 20s, I had never been able to eliminate the shame in my emotional life.
It was in my counseling program, with the guidance of some amazing mentors, that I broke free. Many counselors will tell you the emotional unraveling that happens when you embark on a counseling program is more important than the academic work. When I graduated I was a radically different person. I came out with a clearer understanding of how people get hurt and what helps them heal.
Today I grab life’s rope swings, finding beauty and happiness all around me. Life no longer scares me and I love myself. I also love helping others learn to fall in love with themselves and the world around them.
On the side I teach counseling and psychology courses at Colorado Christian University. I also continue to research and write about what helps people heal from the inside out.
Whether it be in my counseling, writing or teaching, I am devoted to helping people love themselves and find true happiness.
Abingdon Press published my first book, Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. It’s a book about self-care. It includes all the things that helped me heal from emotional wounds, including some of the tools I use to help my clients heal. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice.”
I’ve been featured on several blogs including Michael Hyatt, Jennifer Dukes Lee, We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook and Ann Voskamp. I’ve been interviewed on WATC-TV (Atlanta Live) and WBCL radio with Lynne Ford.
I once heard a quote: “Ah, at depth everyone is beautiful.” Being a wounded healer is a holy privilege that I don’t take lightly. I am honored by the risk clients take to put their faith in me, and am continually astounded by their courage, hard work, and growth.
Here is a little bit more about me:
- I teach psychology and counseling courses at Colorado Christian University as an affiliate faculty member.
- I’m not a detail person. That’s why I don’t write computer programs or teach math.
- I am silly and sensitive. I find two of the strongest ways to bond with my clients is through laughter and tears.
- I adore long walks with my husband and my dog Chipotle.
- I am an amateur photographer who often pauses, and takes two steps back, to capture a moment with my iPhone.
- Pimento and green olives are the only foods I don’t like.
- Stacey’s pita chips and cheese (not together) are my nemesis.
- I like salmon and red wine (together).
- The biggest boost I get is when I connect two friends with like interests.
- Yoga calms me and helps me focus.
- My grown children and new granddaughter are my passion.
- I would rather spend my money on experiences instead of things.
- I’m not good at decorating.
- Cozy is my favorite feeling.
- My iTunes purchases cover the gamut: Meat Loaf, Neil Diamond, John Denver, Mark Knopfler, and Don Williams.
- The one compliment people give me over and over is, “You pushed all my buttons but you did it in a kind and gentle way.”
Here’s the official stuff:
- I have a Master of Arts in Counseling degree and am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
- I am an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
- I have a private counseling practice in Littleton, CO. I have clinical experience treating people in crisis, coping with health and mid-life issues, eating disorders, struggles related to self-esteem, child abuse (especially childhood sexual abuse), trauma, depression, anxiety, boundaries, and intimacy issues.
- I am the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World.
- I have done extensive work with group and individual survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
- I have been a guest speaker for many groups including MOPS, Colorado Christian University, and area churches.
- I am trained in EMDR for treating posttraumatic stress (PTSD).
- I am certified in Prepare-Enrich for premarital and couples counseling, and I have received training in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) — a very successful marriage counseling model but have decided not to do marriage counseling (I can give you some great referrals).
- I do not accept insurance, but for your convenience, I accept credit cards. Some flex-spending plans allow me to write a letter with dates so you can be reimbursed.
- My office is located in the 1st Bank building at Kipling and Belleview in Littleton, Colorado.
- Colorado Christian University featured me in a commercial: Click Here