I take a holistic view with my clients recognizing the whole person including their environment, current situation, and culture. I believe that people are resilient and have the strength, skills, and knowledge to get to where they want to be in life. Therapy is just a train stop to help along the way.
I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Therapy is a process. I believe that most issues have a past and it might be useful to explore how those issues developed. However, it is just as important to find practical and useful tools to cope with current issues. I often hear clients requesting a way to instantly feel better, a way to make their current feelings disappear, and a way to fix their child or partner. However therapy takes work, time, and commitment but remember it's a train stop and it doesn't have to be a long one.
My part involves being knowledgeable in the services that I provide, listening to what is most useful for my clients, and helping clients to reach their goals. I will provide a safe place for you to express yourself, tools that will guide you in your exploration, and resources to help you along the way. Your part involves showing up to your appointment and be willing to engage in therapy. I am committed to doing my part and I hope to work with clients who are committed to doing their share.
Training and Experience
I hold a Master's Degree in Couples and Family Therapy from Antioch University, Seattle. I am licensed by the state of Washington to provide psychotherapy services, holding a Marriage and Family Therapy license associate. I have been working as a counselor for a little under two years. I have experience working with couples, families, adolescences and children.
My work with couples and families involves:
- gaining a better understanding of your partner/child
- helping couples adjust to becoming parents
- providing practical tools to help with parenting
- identifying unhelpful patterns and replacing them with patterns that will provide you with a better relationship
- identifying old emotional wounds that interfere with present relationships
- adjusting as a family with an adoptive child
My work with adolescences involves:
- lack of connection with a parent
- alcohol/drug intake
- poor academic performance
In addition to my private practice, I currently volunteer at Olive Crest working with foster families and foster children providing therapy services. I work with children who experienced trauma at an early age. I work with families whose children have been in the foster care system and are now reunited.
I provide counseling for:
- children who experienced trauma at an early age
- families whose children have been in the foster care system
- foster parents
I only work with clients whose current challenges fall under my area of expertise. I am transparent in the work that I do. Clients set the goals for themselves and I gently push my clients towards reaching their desired outcome. My reward is seeing that my clients no longer need me. If you would like to one day not need me, feel free to contact me.