I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Child Mental Health Specialist in Washington. I received my MS in Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University in 2013. I have specialization in the areas of eating disorders, childhood trauma, attachment and mindfulness, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and Lifespan Integration. I worked as a child and family therapist at a community mental health center for four years. Then, in 2016 I hung out my shingle and opened a private practice. I am honored to have the opportunity to be witness and support to people as they navigate and move through life.
My therapeutic orientation is relational, somatic (body-mind), and emotion-focused, and I am informed by research in developmental psychology, neurobiology, trauma, and mindfulness. I assume a strengths-based perspective, and value curiosity, openness, acceptance and exploration. In therapy, I often work directly with what clients are experiencing in the present moment - attending to emotion, physical sensation, body awareness, impulses and movement patterns, and your experience of the therapeutic relationship.
In addition to my education and training, I draw on my experiences as an artist. Engaging with the arts can provide alternate languages of expression, remind us of the magnitude and beauty of the world, and open a conduit to re-connect us to ourselves, each other, and the wider world. In therapy, we can explore different ways that you can express what seems just beyond reach to you.
"I don't understand why people speak of art as a luxury when it is a mind-altering possibility."