I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Washington University. I have been providing counseling services for over 10 years in various settings including private practice and Community Mental Health, serving diverse populations of all ages, providing individual and group therapy.
I was raised in a small town in the Puget Sound area and experienced the challenges of divorce, illness and blended families. We overcame these challenges with the help of individual and family therapy. I first became interested in helping others by working with students with developmental disabilities while in grade school. I received some training, learned sign language, and went to camp with students as a chaperon. These students were partially integrated into the general student population at school and needed some assistance and advocacy. They faced academic challenges and were relentlessly bullied. I learned about advocacy, resiliency and compassion at this early age because of this experience.
What has always fascinated and inspired me about people is their resiliency and ability to draw from inner resources and innate ability to adapt and thrive. I have also experienced adversity as an adult and again received helped through therapy and landed in a better place.
I approach counseling through an Existential lens, meaning that all human beings at some point struggle with the meaning of their lives and in finding their true path. I’ll help you get there. My approach is genuine, supportive, and person centered; I believe you have what you need to be happy and fulfilled in this life despite the drudgery and suffering that is inevitable at times.
I explore thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and the unconscious. When people seek therapy, they often have a pretty good idea of what the problem is and I value each client’s perspective on their troubles. However, there are usually forces impacting clients that they are less aware of and it is my job to listen closely to uncover those less conscious forces and to bring them into consciousness so they can be healed. Even though problems are felt in the present, I believe that it is often old wounds that are at the heart of suffering and it is my job to help uncover those wounds so they can be healed.
I work with a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, chemical dependency, relationships, sexual identity and sexual orientation issues. I work primarily with adults but believe in involving family members whenever possible in that I believe our family systems largely shape our experience and should be looked at.