I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington with a concentration on Integrated Health / Mental Health Advanced Practice. In addition to my licensure as a psychotherapist, I am also certificated as a Child Mental Health Specialist, a School Social Worker, and a Disability Mental Health Specialist.
I grew up in Portland, Oregon and became the first in my family to graduate with a four-year degree. I earned a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Psychology from Portland State University, where I was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Through this experience I received a theoretical understanding of how the effects of poverty, mental health, disability, and addiction can cause people who love each other to harm those whom they love—and I have dedicated my professional life to helping people better understand each other, and better meet each other’s needs.
I have lived in the Puget Sound for 10 years and during my time here I have served on various Boards of Directors for non-profit organizations, and volunteered throughout the community. One organization I work with regularly is Arc of King County, and I provide all of the trainings and crisis management for the Wings for Autism program at SeaTac Airport.
I specialize in working with those people who experience the world differently than their typical peers do, and in addition to therapeutic interventions I also provide trainings and consultation to better meet the needs of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have provided in-home assessment and behavioral interventions for the Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System, worked as an Emergency Department Social Worker at Harborview Medical Center, and continue to provide mental health crisis intervention at Seattle Children’s Emergency Department.
I believe that the client is the expert of their experience, and our work in therapy is to meet the goals of each client individually, as well as within their relationships, and with respect to their reactions within their environment. We will work together to develop therapeutic goals that evolve as the client evolves. When working with children, it is instrumental to the progress of the child that their caregiver is involved in the process—because childhood exists within systems. Often both the child and their system need some coordinated modification for optimal progress. My treatment methodology is based in Family Systems and Psychodynamic Theory, with properties of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Behavioral Analysis, and mindfulness techniques to improve functioning, stability, and behavior. I am trained in Yoga Calm, and I am capable of incorporating movement into therapy—with permission from clients (age 13 or above) and client’s caregiver (if applicable). I specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorder and in children with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
I look forward to working in collaboration with you to identify and develop an individualized approach to meeting your therapeutic goals.
For more information about me, and my theoretical orientation, you are invited to visit www.holisticchildandfamily.org.