I was born and raised in a small town in the mountains of Oregon. In my youth and young adulthood I lived part of each year in California, Arizona and Missouri, eventually settling in Seattle in 1989. I completed my MA Psychology at Antioch University Seattle in 2002. I lived on an island in British Columbia from 2003-2015 where I worked in Community Mental Health as an adult Mental Health Therapist and Emergency Mental Health response specialist as well as maintaining a private practice. I returned home to Seattle to be near family and enjoy the beauty of living in the Puget Sound area again.
It is my belief that each individual holds the key to achieving her/his life goals and needs. Therapy is a process of exploration and discovery motivated by a client’s desire to heal, change and grow.
My role as therapist is to work in partnership with a person who is seeking to
resolve issues, overcome psychological and emotional roadblocks, to help her/him to discover internal strengths, gain self-respect and establish a more fulfilling life.
It is a great privilege to witness, guide and support a person in therapeutic work.
I feel deeply blessed to be able to say, every day, “I love my job!”
My theoretical perspective to psychotherapy is rooted in existential phenomenology and my therapeutic approach is fundamentally strengths based and solution focused. A variety of theoretical techniques are integrated in my therapeutic approach which include Mindfulness, CBT, ACT, Gestalt, Psychosynthesis, and psychodynamic.
I have extensive experience working with life transitions, trauma/PTSD, complicated grief, traumatic loss (homicide, suicide, accident), bereaved parents, childhood abuse, women’s sexual/domestic abuse issues, anxiety, depression as well as communication and relationship issues. I co-authored the book When Your Child Dies; Tools for Mending Parents’ Broken Hearts which was published in 2012.
When working with couples our first goal is to establish a confidential, supportive environment in which issues may be addressed through respectful, truthful and effective communication. Pre-commitment counseling focuses upon effective communication skills, identifying strengths as well as expectations and establishing healthy boundaries and ground rules to guide the relationship into a satisfying future.
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