I’m a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. I earned my masters degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and my bachelors degree from the State University College at Buffalo, New York.
I have extensive experience in counseling all ages and many populations, both in Seattle and in Chicago where I was born and raised. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, juvenile justice, in-patient and out–patient psychiatric programs, adolescent group homes, homeless services, geriatric day programming, foster care and post-adoptive programs and private practice. I’m most passionate about working with women navigating issues of racial identity and bias, relationships and life changes.
My clients are individuals, couples and families who recognize their need for counseling and are ready to do the work. I provide the compassionate and empowering counseling services that support my clients as they recreate their life, develop new behavior and thought patterns and heal old wounds that have been a source of emotional pain. We all experience painful seasons of loss, grief, and hurt, which are a core part of the human experience. When we open ourselves up to explore our pain, anxiety, fear and doubt we can emerge with a new sense of hope and awareness.
My primary counseling approach is based in a relational psychodynamic model. I am also influenced by other modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and art therapy. Art therapy allows one to use art materials creatively while exploring their issues to gain insight and a deeper understanding of themselves. Art therapy is not about making beautiful art. It’s a relaxing process that facilitates personal growth and awareness.
I am interested in working collaboratively with my clients in various areas including; but not limited to; issues of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, PTSD, oppression, parenting, major life transitions and other relational and behavioral issues. I firmly believe that we are all intuitive and wise beings that often inherently know what is best for us. We may however not trust our intuition, perhaps because of past emotional pain. I tailor my therapeutic approach to tap into your intuition and guide you toward your personal epiphanies and choices about the direction in which your life is headed.