Accepting. Flexible. Positive. Hopeful. Inclusive.
Though I have a lot of clinical experience, I am committed to seeing you and hearing your story from an open-minded perspective – allowing you to be the expert in your life and what you need. I can offer insights and skills from a variety of therapeutic approaches (including cognitive/behavioral, attachment-based, emotion-focused and mindfulness), but I ultimately strive to guide and support you in the direction you wish to take in life. I am also committed to taking your feedback about your experience in therapy, and whether you are finding the process helpful. I strive to be flexible in hearing you and honoring your experience and intuition as we work together collaboratively.
Though we will likely be talking about problems and struggles, I will also bring a positive and hopeful style. I am very interested in helping you identify what is sustaining and new in your life as you face challenges, what you can enjoy about the present moment, and what you look forward to in the future.
I enjoy working with individuals, youth and families from all walks of life and I welcome you to consider my practice even if you think we do not come from similar backgrounds, or if you think I do not have knowledge about a unique aspect of your life. I am an LGBTQA affirming therapist. I am open towards people’s similarities and differences, and strive to make my office a welcoming and inclusive place for people.
My experiences as a therapist have been rewarding and inspiring. I believe therapy can help you know yourself better, connect more authentically with others, and live life to the fullest. I enjoy finding out how individuals, families and couples approach life and its challenges. It is an honor to be a part of the journey.
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy – Seattle Pacific University
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Certification in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
Certification in Discernment Counseling
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for eating disorders (CBT-E)
Family Based Treatment (FBT) for eating disorders
Dispute Resolution Center of King County – Advanced Mediation Practicum
Certificate Program in Telemental Health and Digital Ethics
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Outpatient Behavioral Health and Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (2001-2008)
University of Washington, Hall Health Mental Health Clinic (2008-2011)
The Emily Program, Practicum Coordinator and Therapist (2011-2016)
Seattle Pacific University, Clinical Practicum Supervisor (2016-present)
Mediation Practitioner, Small Claims Court, Dispute Resolution Center of King County (2014-2020) Volunteer
Private Practice, Bellevue (2016-present)
Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Washington State Approved Supervisor
Certified Mediator, Washington Mediation Association
Child Mental Health Specialist, Washington state
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Certified EFT Therapist
Seattle Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy, member