I address a range of concerns with clients including depression, anxiety, relationships, disordered eating, addictions and trauma recovery. I believe that therapy offers the unique opportunity to work on your relationship with yourself, which consequently improves your relationships with others. As a therapist, I guide clients towards deeper self-awareness and greater emotional resiliency. In therapy, I emphasize the importance of self-compassion and taking a mindful stance towards your thoughts and emotions. When we are able to treat ourselves kindness, life is much easier to navigate, and strong emotion states won't overwhelm or paralyze us.
I also approach therapy, in part, from the belief that our first relationships, with our primary caregiver(s), impacted how we love and allow ourselves to be loved into adulthood. Therefore, therapy often includes an exploration of your family of origin and how family dynamics have impacted your current style of relating and sense of identity. This exploration is by no means all of therapy. But it often is a part.
Also, I believe that, as physician Bessel van der Kolk says, "the body keeps the score." Meaning, our bodies hold our traumatic memories, our stress and fear. Our emotional health is directly tied to how in tune we are with our body. Emotions and feelings states are physical experiences, and in therapy I encourage clients to become attuned to what their body is telling them.
I incorporate Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) into work with clients, when appropriate and desired. I tailor my approach carefully to each client's unique needs and therapy goals. I approach our work together with an attitude of curiosity and hope.
I have extensive professional experience working with both adults and children/adolescents in therapy. I am deeply committed to providing effective treatment to individuals and families regardless of race, ethnicity, spiritual/religious identification, gender, age or sexual orientation. I continue to pursue ongoing post-graduate training on topics related to cultural competency.
I worked full-time for over five years as a crisis therapist for children and families in Washington state, treating adolescents and children with severe attachment disruptions, emotion dysregulation, behavioral problems, substance abuse, self-harm, depression, anxiety and suicidality.
In my practice, I work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, disordered eating, self-harm and suicidality. I also work with families, providing parent coaching and family therapy.
A portion of the work in my practice is with adults, teens and children seeking healing from past trauma. Sometimes this is childhood sexual abuse, other times a more recent trauma like sexual assault, loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship. I am a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and am deeply committed to my continued education in the field.
I have completed Level II training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based therapy proven effective in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and phobias. I often utilize EMDR with clients wanting to address specific traumatic memories or paralyzing fears.
I graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2010 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Trinity Western University in 2006. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado (#0013123) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington (#LH60336410).