“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.


Individual Counseling

As your individual counselor, we will take time initially to get to know each other as stepping into this space can feel vulnerable and new.   I will be focusing on your strengths, values, identities, and interests as a part of learning more about you. As stated above, each individual is unique and I will actively work with you to determine the best approach for your care. Certain counseling theories are focused on change, which means that interventions in therapy will be focused on shifting thoughts, behaviors, and emotions to be more helpful or adaptive. Oftentimes, this is very useful for individuals in developing those “light bulb” moments where they develop more of a sense of control in their life to improve how they think, feel or act. That being said, there may be aspects of your life experience that are not easily changed. As your counselor, we will work towards developing acceptance through techniques such as mindfulness, verbally processing in a safe space, and focusing on living your life in line with your core values. Oftentimes in therapy, I help individuals to find a balance between acceptance and change in their life.


Teen Counseling

One of my passions is working with adolescents and young adults as this is a transformative part of life where an individual is discovering who they are and facing unique challenges as they approach adulthood. I will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to process your current challenges in life and help you work towards solutions and self-discovery. I utilize a systems approach that acknowledges that individuals are impacted by their environment such as their immediate family, school, and society as a whole. Clients 13 years old and up can decide who they would like to be involved in their treatment. As allowed by the client, caregivers and other family members can be included in sessions for me to develop an understanding of their environment and support system as a part of reaching their goals.


 

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