“..my intention is to support you in deepening into yourself...”
It is my belief that individuals heal wounds created in relationship through relationship, therefore my therapeutic orientation is centered around authenticity and creating a warm, safe environment to support growth and exploration of presenting issues. My approach also leans heavily on mindfulness, and developing awareness of the present moment including the information presented by our bodies (this is particularly key in the somatic-based trauma work I offer, which focuses on rewiring the nervous system for health). Additionally, I endorse the integration of nature-based therapeutic interventions (i.e. outdoor session on-trail, gardening, etc.) when possible, appropriate, and desired by a client; the natural world presents numerous opportunities to unpack and creatively process material that arises in the course of therapy, in addition to offering inherent mental health benefits. My intention is to support you in deepening into yourself, and in developing the skills and abilities to navigate obstacles that may prevent you from experiencing mental and emotional wellbeing.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I received my BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and my MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. In the course of my graduate work, I engaged in training in equine-assisted Gestalt therapy, and interned as a counselor in the public school system in inner-city Denver. I possess a certificate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and trained extensively in somatically-based trauma work. I have worked in residential, partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) settings with eating disorder clients of various age ranges and presentations. I specialize in working with trauma, eating disorders, body image issues, and anxiety/depression, and also work with grief, identity development, women’s issues, cutting/self-harm, etc.