I have had the pleasure of working with individuals of various backgrounds, and rely on the core concepts of being authentic, empathetic, and transparent in my sessions with clients. I value the resiliency that lies within the human spirit, and appreciate the moments of humor and grace that life presents each of us (even if we can’t see it in the moment). I truly believe that no individual has to suffer with emotional pain, and am honored to work with all individuals as they navigate their own path in life.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I received my undergraduate degree from Western Washington University. I went on to complete my graduate program at City University of Seattle, in which I obtained my Master’s degree in Counseling of Psychology. Early in my career, I had the opportunity to complete a 6 month training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and use this focus as my primary theoretical orientation. DBT is an evidenced based therapy that is skills-based. DBT primarily focuses on skills revolving around mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness (which is a fancy way of saying improving your communication and relationships). DBT is focused on helping individuals cultivate “a life worth living” through effective responses to life stressors.
I primarily work with adults and specialize in the following:
*Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
*Adult survivors of childhood abuse
*Issues stemming from family-of-origin