“...to support the growth that you choose.”
I inherently believe that you are the experts in your own lives and have the ability and resources to make positive changes. I feel that it is my job as a therapist to illuminate your strengths and to support the growth that you choose. I generally utilize a solution-focused modality which explores what is working in your lives, what you would like to do more of, and then we work collaboratively to identify and address your specific goals. I feel that it is truly an honor to be a part of this dynamic process.
I grew up in Southeast Alaska and have lived in several different states, including Hawaii. I love the outdoors and am an active skier and hiker and I love being out on the water (or preferably in it!) I began working in the mental health field in 2014 and have practiced in Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Nevada Reno and then completed an MS in Human Services with a Specialization in Marital, Family, and Couples Counseling/Therapy at Capella University. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and will soon be international certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I have served children and adults in private practice and community mental health settings. I also have assisted both teens and adults with alcohol and drug recovery. I have traveled extensively in my life and feel that my experiences help me to understand and meet the needs of my diverse clients.
What you bring to each session will shape what we address that day, although most likely we will check in about your on-going challenges and specific goals. I pay close attention to your life stories and can assist in tracking progress made toward the solutions that you have identified as important for you. I can offer EMDR services, which essentially will assist you with processing and lowering your distress levels associated with traumatic events you have experienced. EMDR can additionally help lower anxiety and decrease depression associated with painful memories, paving the way to develop more positive and functional ways of addressing the challenges you encounter in your lives.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I feel that we do not live in isolation from our partners, families, and other greater systems (communities, cultures, etc.) and that our problems are intrinsic to the relationships therein. We will look for solutions and alternatives to what is not working in your intimate and family relationships. I also employ structural and strategic techniques, when appropriate, to help you to create healthy boundaries with one another, interrupt unhealthy interactional patterns, and employ more effective ways to communicate.