The therapeutic relationship is of the utmost importance throughout the course of psychotherapy. As such, I invite clients to form a collaborative and affirming alliance, while also striving to provide a space for empathy, honesty, compassion, and empowerment. This includes addressing your intrapersonal mental health experiences through your own story. I help clients find deeper honesty in themselves by developing a strong sense of who they are, what they need, and what they want in life. I use an integrative approach that helps identify your immediate needs and long-term goals. Through this eclectic, cross-culturally informed practice, I will support you as you progress through your therapeutic journey.
I utilize a diverse theoretical approach that reflects aspects of relational therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Jungian therapy, Narrative therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness practices. I will work with you in exploring issues related to anxiety, depression, self-esteem, identity, trauma, and career-related challenges. I place heavy emphasis on understanding your narratives and helping you to construct personal meaning to your experiences in life that align with your life goals and values. In addition, I offer couple and marriage counseling, premarital counseling, as well as other types of relationship counseling. My chief aim as a couple’s therapist is to provide a safe forum in which each person can express their thoughts and feelings more fully. Trust, empathy, and respect emerge as as a couple learns to communicate their genuine selves in an honest and reciprocal way.
I received a Bachelors of Arts in political science from the University of WisconsinMadison, a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Clemson University, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Iowa. I’ve been a professor of counseling at Seattle University since 2013. I live in the Ballard neighborhood with my wife, two children, two cats, and a German Shepherd. I love to be in the mountains or near a body of water, making the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest an ideal place for me to call home.