We had the good fortune of connecting with Angie Phillips and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angie, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Healthy Relationship. Relationship is at the foundation of everything we do as human beings, as well as who we are. It is our primary, earliest relationships that “design” our nervous systems–the ways in which we ultimately respond to life and other people, the way that we regulate emotions, our biases and preferences–everything about us has significant basis in how we learned to “attach” to others in our earliest moments of life. Those designs often play out in ways that aren’t healthy or congruent as we grow into adulthood, because those earliest relationships weren’t ideal. Let’s face it, no one has a “perfect” foundation, and so there is always opportunity for revamping our neural map–of doing the reparative work in adult intimacy that literally repairs the wounds, heals the brokenness, and provides transformative and transcendent opportunities. That’s my great passion and the foundation for my work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the mountains and trails of Colorado, and depending on the time of the year, I’d want my friend to experience some of the outdoor beauty. We’d have to choose one of the 14’ers, or maybe do some climbing in Clear Creek or North Table Mountain. I’d take them to Steamboat for an overnight, maybe skiing, if the snow is around, or a hike up to Fish Creek Falls, and then enjoy a dip at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. I’d share Red Rocks Amphitheater with them–hopefully for a show, and definitely for a morning workout. My favorite restaurant is Uchi, so that would be a must, and then we’d follow up with Little Man Ice Cream. Another favorite, if we had time, it would be “Just Be Kitchen,” for a healthy and amazing—and one of the only entirely paleo—meals in Denver!! Of course we’d need a night at La Rumba for a little salsa dancing, and depending on time of year, I’d want to take them either to the Highland’s or Golden’s farmers market, or to SoCliff farm stand.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Dr. Brent J. Atkinson, author of the book, “Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances in neurobiology and the science of intimate relationship,” is a dear friend and mentor, and the most influential person in my professional journey. His work was a game-changer for me, years ago, and has continued to be foundational in rewiring my own relational habits, and has set the stage, so to speak, for my work with clients. I’ve trained with Brent extensively over the past 18 years and his work has inspired so much of my personal and professional life.
Jason Tucker, JHT Designss