“...a safe non-judgmental space where you can explore...”
My approach in session is direct and active. I find that most clients appreciate my honesty, humor and willingness to ask direct questions, and speak openly. My experience includes supporting adolescents, adults, groups, and families struggling with a variety of concerns including, depression, anxiety, communication difficulties, grief, sexual orientation and gender identity development, trauma, relational issues, self-harm and attachment difficulties. I especially enjoy working with women’s issues (post-partum), and career concerns.
You can expect a great deal of compassion from me, as well as, a sense of humor, and subtle and not so subtle challenges to certain beliefs you hold about yourself or situations. The stories we tell ourselves are powerful. My goal as a counselor is to create a safe non-judgmental space where you can explore whatever needs exploring. I also consider it a best practice to maintain a supportive network of friends and colleagues. It is an honor to be a Counselor. To be invited into individuals lives and to bear witness to intimate details is a privilege not lost on me. It is a brave thing to have the willingness to be vulnerable to grow and heal.
Further areas of interest include social justice, equity in education, and community-based projects.
I earned my B.A. in Communication and Sociology from Washington State University and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from Western Washington University. I currently have a Mental Health Counselor Associate License from the State of Washington.
Every person is unique as is every person’s experience of the world, themselves, and their relationships. Goals and values vary so much from person to person I have found that a variety of techniques can aid in healing, finding satisfaction, and developing deep wellness. For this reason there are a number of therapeutic approaches that inform my current practice; Client-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Systems Theory. I am currently in the process of learning more about Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) so they can be integrated into my practice as well.