“...to learn how you understand and experience the world, and from there to provide you with the tools to empower yourself...”
I believe that every person has intrinsic worth and the capacity to develop resilience. I take a client-centered approach to treatment. My goal in counseling is to come alongside you to learn how you understand and experience the world, and from there to provide you with the tools to empower yourself to make choices about how to live a life that better aligns with your personal values and goals. Counseling is a collaborative effort. I acknowledge that I do not have all the answers; I am open to feedback and will adjust my style based on your needs, preferences, and your cultural lens.
I am currently a WA State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Child Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Dallas and my Master of Science in Applied Psychological Science from Pacific University in Oregon. I have worked in mentoring and teaching roles with children and adults throughout my career in positions such as Americorps volunteer tutor with K-2nd graders, Teaching assistant/graduate assistant in university courses, Home Care Aide for people with trauma histories and developmental delays, and Skill Builder for adolescents with social skills deficits. I began working as a Mental Health Counselor with adults at a Domestic Violence center. In this role, I provided counseling, safety planning, advocacy, resources, and psychoeducation to survivors of domestic violence and abuse. My experiences have provided me with a commitment to trauma-informed care and a sense of cultural humility that I hope to continue to develop throughout my career. I am very grateful for the opportunity to take the next step in my career with a full-time position at King Health Associates, and I look forward to providing my clients with a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship in which to explore their mental health concerns.
Most people are not explicitly taught the communication and conflict resolution skills necessary to maintain intimate relationships and must learn these skills over time. Even if both parties have great communication skills, there can be roadblocks when two people have differing needs or perspectives. Sometimes, it can be easier to learn about yourselves and each other with the help of a neutral third party - a therapist. I provide a designated safe space for both, for honest expression of uncomfortable feelings, and a time for exploring mutual resolutions to barriers. Together, we can identify tools to ensure that both of your needs are being met.
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