I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I received my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Prior to graduate school, I attended Seattle Pacific University and completed a Student Designed Major with a Bachelors Degree in Women’s Holistic Development.
I was born and raised in Eastern Washington and have lived in Western Washington for the last eight years. Growing up, I experienced multiple health conditions that challenged myself as an individual as well as my family. During this time, I observed significantly different paths of those facing challenges; some patients thrived, healed and excelled, while others declined and disengaged. I came to know a healthcare system that tends to metaphorically cut people into parts and disconnect the mind from the body. It was around this time that my curiosity into the complexity of human experience, suffering, and healing began to blossom. Through these challenges, I learned increased patience, gratitude, and ability to empathize with others.
I also grew up expressing myself through the art of dance. Dance brought me increased knowledge of my connection with my body and taught me the importance of our somatic experiences.
My passion for holistic health, spirituality, and human equality, led me to pursue how to best use my natural talents. This is what guided me to systems theory and eventually to a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I have experience working with a wide range of individuals, couples, and families. Most of my post-graduate work has been in community mental health. I have supported clients facing a wide range of social, emotional, physical, and behavioral concerns.
Areas of experience include: life transitions, chronic pain, grief and loss, trauma, secondary trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-esteem, women’s issues, older adult issues, family concerns, couples counseling, LGBTQ sexual identity and orientation, non-traditional relationships, self-harm, crisis intervention.
I have led group sessions focused on Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and somatic based modalities.
My focus is adults, couples, families, and adolescents 13+.
My therapeutic approach is rooted in an experiential systems framework which focuses on people within their context of relationships, community, culture and society. I also give attention to the complex aspects of what make us each unique. No human is an isolated being. Our experiences are constantly molding and shaping the way we interact with ourselves and the world. This belief is central to my approach.
I hold a non-pathological stance; I view my clients as resourceful and resilient people capable of change. I believe change occurs through experience and connection. To achieve this, I may utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques that best fit your needs. I encourage collaboration within the therapeutic relationship in order to optimize our time together.