- MA Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Seattle, WA 2014
- BA Psychology, Pacific Lutheran University, Parkland, WA 1990
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH 60758663
- Mental Health Specialist
- Children’s Mental Health Specialist
- Domestic Violence Advocate
- Certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Certified Cognitive Processing Treatment
- Incredible Years Parenting Program
As a therapist I have worked with teens, adults, and couples for over 13 years on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relational conflict, OCD, domestic violence, grief, and trauma. I have a strong interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma including sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss.
I am influenced by Psychodynamic, Relational, and Attachment theories. I believe therapy is a partnership between the therapist and client, which involves working together to identify relational patterns and dynamics. My experience has shown me that relational patterns that take place within one’s everyday life will inevitably be repeated in the therapeutic environment. Within the therapeutic relationship we can explore how those different dynamics influence current relationships today and work together to identify areas that may cause problems. I also believe that attachment patterns that are created early in life influence how we interact with others in the future. By understanding those patterns, one can be empowered to recognize their relational strengths and areas that they need to be aware of. I believe that growth and change happens within the therapeutic relationship and can then be transferred into one’s everyday life.
I work with each individual to determine treatment direction and approach. I believe each individual has a unique story to tell. I utilize a variety of approaches depending on what is appropriate. I also believe the therapeutic environment is sacred and must feel safe. Safety is created when there is mutual respect within the therapeutic process. Lastly I believe we are all born in the image of God and created for community, because of this, we all long to be known and to know the other. Although faith issues may be part of the therapeutic process, I do not impose my beliefs or religious experience on my clients and am embracing of others faith experiences and beliefs.