“I am here to provide a safe and welcoming space for you to explore your own life experience...”
Recognizing that we may need some help in navigating life’s challenges and opportunities demonstrates courage. I am here to provide a safe and welcoming space for you to explore your own life experience which has brought you to this exact moment. Life tends to unfold in both planned and unexpected ways, and leaning into each experience can be hard to accomplish on our own. My approach to counseling is trauma-informed, strengths-based, and collaborative. I see my role as a privilege to walk beside you on your path to healing and wellness. In my practice, I utilize a person-centered approach which means that I will help to motivate and empower you to find balance and reach your goals as you are the expert on your own life. Each person is unique and I will work with you to determine the best approach in counseling towards your own version of self-discovery and health.
Not all of us are pre-programmed to provide compassion towards ourselves as we may often relate to the saying that we are our “own worst enemy”. I will sit with you and assist you in shifting your thoughts to be more compassionate of your hardships, painful emotions, and overall life experience. I often draw from my experience as a yoga instructor by encouraging mindful movement as a way to process emotions and work with our physiology to find peace in our mind and body. In addition, I believe in the power of immersing ourselves in nature and recreation that we enjoy in the process of healing as these modalities are inherently things we crave as a part of feeling alive. We can get caught in the day to day, autopilot mode in life and sometimes we need to take a step back to acknowledge what helps us to feel that sense of aliveness.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University. I have been working in outpatient behavioral health settings for two years serving different populations including children, adolescents, families, and adults in counseling services. Currently, I am working towards obtaining my Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS) certification. My background also includes working as a recreational therapist and a certified yoga instructor in inpatient behavioral health settings for five years where I led therapeutic groups and yoga classes for adolescents, adults, and older adults in acute crisis. On a more personal level, I love living in Bellingham and I am often found hiking with my partner and dog, snowboarding, mountain biking, or sipping coffee at local cafes.
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