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Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
You may be reading this because you or a loved one is suffering. Maybe you're asking for help because it has become too painful not to. Whatever challenges you're facing, working with a skilled therapists opens new possibilities for hope and changes that last. I'm glad you are reaching out to us for help!
I see the facilitation of a healing therapeutic relationship and process as my primary responsibility as a therapist, and I am routinely amazed by the transformations that happen along the way. We are such extraordinary, resilient creatures, even in the face of debilitating depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship issues, and all the other lovely flavors of heartbreak that bring us into therapy. I'm trained to help you with these challenges.
I have worked with men, women, couples, families, teens, and children in office, school, and inpatient settings. While I help with a wide variety of issues, I am especially passionate about working with adults with ADHD; parents of children with behavior problems; individuals and couples grappling with problem technology use; and individuals in the uncomfortable space between boyhood and manhood.
My particular approach to helping begins with an understanding that our relationships and experiences affect us in ways that go far beyond our conscious awareness. Our brains are being constantly shaped and reshaped by our experiences in order to strengthen the neural connections we use frequently. The value of this automatic process is obvious when it enables us to perform previously difficult tasks (like tying shoes) without any thought or effort, but it can also reinforce patterns that cause us trouble!
By the time a challenge is painful enough that you're here seeking our help, it's often so entrenched that you cannot solve it simply by thinking through a solution and implementing that solution. This can be especially true of the challenges we face within our relationships, where unhelpful patterns become reinforced by, and intertwined with, those of another person.
Want the good news? It's great news, actually: we can harness the power of this interpersonal neuro-biological process to foster the positive changes we want. We do this by participating in safe, supportive relationships that reinforce growth rather than reinforcing negative cycles. Good therapy provides a framework for this growth to occur with care and intention, facilitated by someone with experience and expertise.
My approach is informed heavily by the teachings and writing of Dr. Sue Johnson (Emotion Focused Therapy for couples), Carl Rogers (Person-Centered Therapy), Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, S.N. Goenka, Leticia Nieto, Carl Jung, and many other thinkers, theorists, teachers, and practitioners.
I have a Master of Psychology (Counseling Specialization) from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) program of Saybrook University, and I have received specialized advanced training in Lifespan Integration (LI), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Plus (CBT+).
Please feel free to sign up for any opening shown in my schedule - I welcome working with you.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Whether you need pre-marital counseling, marriage therapy, or just want to improve whatever type of relationship you are in, it’s never too early to learn to more effectively grow together as a couple and deepen your connection. One of my specialties is helping couples transition into parenthood, providing support and guidance as your relationship adjusts to this new stage of life. I also specialize in helping both couples and individuals with intimacy and sexuality.
Individuals often seek me out for help for depression, anxiety, and stress. With past experience at Sound Mental Health and Renton Area Youth and Family Services, I have years of experience helping men and women with a multitude of mental health challenges, supporting and guiding them toward happier, healthier lives. Every individual is unique, and as such I utilize different methods and techniques that best support your therapeutic goals. I will always work to provide you with an unconditionally positive, productive, and supportive experience, whether you are new to therapy or have pursued therapy for years.
My family therapy work is primarily from a systems perspective, and as such I am uniquely qualified to help strengthen your family system. Whether your family is struggling with communication patterns, relationship intricacies, or how to create a more fluid, connected family life, I can help. I recognize and appreciate that all families are different and are constantly changing and evolving, and I look forward to collaborating with each individual and your family as a whole to help you reach your goals.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and a Licensed Mental Health Professional in the State of Washington, my education includes a Bachelors of Science in Psychology through Western Washington University and a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. I have been formally trained in the Gottman Method of couples therapy and was trained from a family systems, strengths-based perceptive.
I look forward to meeting you and building a lasting therapeutic relationship build on trust, collaboration, and a shared goal of supporting you in learning how to change your life for the better!
When I'm not working with families, individuals and couples, I enjoy painting, yoga, reading, soccer, and spending time outside!
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Owner
I have been working with both couples and individual men & women for nearly a decade, helping them reach their goals and transform their lives.
I bring a diverse perspective to my work, informed by a broad base of experience providing services for a wide range of mental health, emotional, behavioral, and relationship issues. A previous career in Information Technology assists me in helping those in the tech field who may experience a particular set of challenges in that work setting.
My years of experience working with men, women, and couples have occurred within a decade of private practice and in a variety of other professional settings. I have served on the Board of the Seattle Counselors Association, regularly attend a variety of professional conferences throughout the year, and am a member of numerous organizations, all of which help me stay on top of the latest research and developments.
Only about 5% of therapists in the country have done training to treat sex and intimacy issues – even though this is a critical part of the human experience. I am currently pursuing advanced training in sex therapy and intimacy through the Northwest Institute on Intimacy (NWIOI). Additionally, I have extensive training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), hold a Level 3 training certification in the Gottman Method, completed EMDR training through the EMDR Institute and EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), attend workshops and conferences on Mindfulness and EMDR, and meet regularly with specialists for consultation.
My work as a psychotherapist at Seattle Counseling Services and Navos Mental Health Solutions centered around providing therapy for adults who experienced a number of challenges. With a goal of promoting well-being and mental health, I have worked with people to diagnose and address challenges while finding solutions through clinical assessment, ongoing one-on-one support, and crisis management. Additionally, my work experience includes creating and leading a number of groups, including men's groups and groups focused on grief & loss.
In 1996 I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Western Washington University. I continued my education in 2003 at Seattle University, earning my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.
I have always worked very hard in session for and with my clients, but because I love what I do it's never a challenge to find the motivation, energy, and passion needed to sustain this. Good therapy really does require that the therapist truly love this field.
When I am not in session with a client I can likely be found spending time with my family, meditating, paddle boarding on Lake Union, running around Greenlake or Alki, or capturing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through photography.