Ray is a Mentor at AIM House. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Ray studied English literature, with a minor in psychology, philosophy, and Women’s and Ethnic Studies. Ray decided to continue their love for learning by pursuing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Naropa University.
Ray previously worked at The Rose House, an intensive residential addiction treatment center for female identified clients. They specialized in trauma and dual-diagnosis. This is where Ray realized their love for helping people in treatment and doing milieu work. Ray completed their clinical internship at Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, where they provided individual and psychotherapy for children, teens, and adults who have experienced domestic violence. Ray also completed their clinical practicum at AIM House prior to being hired on as a mentor.
In their free time, Ray enjoys meditation and studying Buddhism. Each of these have been a huge part of their personal journey and personal growth. Ray enjoys attending workshops and lectures that allow them to grow in their awareness and their identities. Their goal in life is to integrate social justice and Buddhism into compassionate social engagement in all aspect of their life. They also love unstructured downtime, whether it is reading, going for a walk, spending time at the creek, lying on the floor with their cat, or enjoying a cup of coffee and croissant with their spouse.