Therapy with me: In therapy, I believe the most important factor is the relationship between therapist and client. I work from a holistic, collaborative, and nonjudgmental approach in support of identifying and aligning your strengths with your goals, confronting old patterns that impede your progress, learning new ways to interact in personal relationships, and deepening your self-understanding.
My approach to counseling is founded in humanistic/existential theory. I believe we all have an inner compass, based on our own experiences, that can inform and guide us toward growth. A therapeutic relationship centered on positive regard, genuineness, empathetic listening, and compassion can support you in accessing your internal wisdom as you navigate life’s challenges.
My impacting identifies/roles that inform my work: I am an outdoor adventurer, sailor, and environmentalist. I have also dedicated the last 10 years of my social work career to criminal justice reform towards a more trauma-informed outlook and understanding of folks who are struggling with untreated behavioral health and severe substance use disorders.
I feel informed and knowledgeable about: Person-centered/relational counseling, stages of change, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, trauma and trauma-informed care, attachment, the criminal legal system, and addiction.
I work best with clients who: Are stuck in ambivalence. Change can take a long time, but there is a path forward so long as there is ambivalence!
I am not a good clinical fit for clients who: I would not be a good fit for folks who are not self-motivated to be in therapy.
What makes me unique: I’m grounded with just enough sense of humor and whimsy to make building the therapeutic relationship a natural and organic process.
Learning and Growing: This is a forever thing! So for right now, I am reading No Bad Parts, Intro to Internal Family Systems Model, and revisiting The Power of Attachment. I recently completed the Ferentz Institute Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment Level 1 and I am currently enrolled in their Advanced Trauma Treatment Level 2 course. I have certificates in Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care and take ongoing continuing education courses through the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Fun Facts/Resilience Building
What resources me to build resilience: Fun Facts are that I once upon a time rode racehorses, lived on a sailboat in Puget Sound, and spent 2 years in Chile. Time outside and time with friends and family keep me humble and happy.
I have a MSW degree from the University of Washington School of Social Work (2012)
And a BA degree in Psychology and Social Change from Prescott College (2006)