Who I Am
Grounded in Trust
Research shows the most important part of any course of psychotherapy is the relationship between client and therapist. And the most important part of any relationship is trust, which comes through consistent feelings of safety, attunement, and active support. I can tell you I’m trustworthy, but you’ll only really feel it when you take the risk and give it a try.
That said, sometimes it helps to know a little about the experience and qualifications of the person with whom you'll be talking through your toughest thoughts and feelings.
Credentials, Training, and Experience
I’m licensed with the Washington Department of Health as a Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHC-A) under license number MC60320730. I engage in ongoing clinical supervision with two top-quality therapist/analysts and in ongoing clinical consultation specific to EMDR (a special protocol for accelerating relief from trauma and related symptoms).
I entered private practice in 2013 after a seven-year break from clinical work to care for my children. Prior to that I was a mental health counselor intern with a community clinic in the Los Angeles area. My first job in the mental health field was as a volunteer sexual assault crisis counselor with Seattle Rape Relief from 1993-1995. I've had a deep love for this work ever since.
I have training and experience in several approaches to therapy including Jungian, Rogerian, dreamwork, attachment, mindfulness, object relations, and trauma-informed, as well as in sexual assault crisis counseling. I am also trained in EMDR, which is a special protocol for accelerating relief from trauma and related symptoms. I continue to read and take trainings to enhance my clinical skills and knowledge of the field.
In addition I’ve had anti-bias training and cross-cultural experience and worked for many years in the nonprofit sector with organizations serving homeless and low-income people as well as with those doing advocacy work on behalf of the sector. I'm committed to bringing awareness of bias and the impacts of discrimination on mental health into my work to the best of my ability.
I have a Masters degree from the country's premier institute for the study of depth psychotherapy, and I'm a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, and the Seattle Jung Society.
I live with my partner, our two kids and, to my great surprise, lots of animals. I love trees, hiking, campfires, mythology, fairy tales, dreams, Halloween, and fiddle music. I'm terrible at video games. You could probably beat me at Mario Kart with both hands tied behind your back. Even if you've never played it.
START YOUR HEALING JOURNEY NOW
The first step toward starting therapy with me is to schedule a phone screening to make sure we're a good fit. If we are, then on the phone we'll schedule our first face-to-face meeting to take place at my office in Tacoma, Washington; thereafter all meetings will be in person. If we're not a good fit, I'll provide you referrals and resources so you can connect with the right therapist for you.
Click here to schedule a phone screening today. (You are also welcome to call me at (253) 973-2218 but it's usually quicker to connect with me if you start by submitting your message at the link above.) Or, if you're not quite ready to connect, read further to find out more before scheduling.
I look forward to connecting with you!