“We will explore ways your mind and body have been taught to function and learn new ways for you to operate in your life...”
It can be vulnerable to make the courageous decision to implement change in your life, let alone acknowledge an area of your life isn’t moving in the direction you hoped it would. Seeing a counselor can help bring understanding to confusion, clarity to frustration, and hope to hopelessness. During our session I believe it is important to adapt the structure of therapy to the person or people in the room. Some respond well to high structure and intervention, while others may need more space to process freely while exploring their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. My relational approach emphasizes the here and now, what is present in the therapeutic relationship, and is something I offer to every client. This may look like identifying your current emotions and thoughts while reflecting on past experiences.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, which allows me to have a supervisor located at King Health Associates, who oversees my work. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Simpson University in Psychology and my Master’s degree from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Counseling Psychology. I have lived in Washington for the majority of my life and have recently relocated to the Bellingham area.
My therapeutic approach is to support and facilitate your movement toward greater health. Often, people are coming to therapy because they know there is a problem, but they may not know exactly what is wrong, what needs to change, or what to do when the problem is identified. Together, we will explore the circumstances that are bringing you to therapy, set attainable goals, and begin working toward those goals. Generally, I work from a Relational/Psychodynamic therapeutic focus that allows us to discover the relational patterns occurring during therapy which likely are present in your social relationships. I believe it is only through relationship that we can heal relational wounds. In our work together, I hope you will be able to move toward this relational healing through our therapeutic relationship. We will explore ways your mind and body have been taught to function and learn new ways for you to operate in your life. During this process, I will provide psychoeducation and self-care practices to help you better care for yourself as you embark on the vulnerable and difficult work of therapy.
I have worked with individuals from all walks of life and believe it is important to meet people where they are. This is a place where I’ll invite you to be open and honest about what is happening in your life as well as explore how you see yourself. I believe people have a natural desire to move towards health and need someone to help elicit the strength and knowledge they already possess. Some practices I emphasize are mind-body connection, mindfulness, cognitive reframing, and emotion regulation. There are many reasons to seek out counseling, I have most commonly worked with people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, unhealthy relational patterns, and identity development.
I have experience working with children and adolescents in school settings as well as coaching sports teams. When working with young people, it is important to first find a point of connection and commonality, which is my primary goal when starting the therapeutic work. I desire to understand the perspective of the youth and give them space to make sense of their world, encourage their ability to find solutions/problem solve, and grow their emotional intelligence as they continue to develop. Adolescents, in particular, need a non-judgmental and caring person to listen as they process their growing identity and ever-changing place in this world. Through the use of play therapy techniques as well as the child or adolescent’s interests, such as art or athletics, I help bring large concepts to a level that is more easily understood and better able to be applied.
An important note about seeing King Health Associates Apprentices for counseling:
Our Associates are currently unable to accept clients who are presently suicidal, experience hallucinations or psychosis, or have been hospitalized for mental health reasons in the past year. Our Apprentices practice at King Health only part-time, and it would be unethical for them to see clients with more intensive needs that they can provide for safely and conscientiously. Thank you for your understanding.
Both UnityCare (360-676-6177) and Seamar (360-734-5458) are normally accepting new client intakes within a week, and new ongoing appointments within 2-3 weeks. We suggest that if you meet the criteria above you call either of those mental health centers to better serve your needs.