I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and also hold a Master of Education degree from University of Puget Sound. I have over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, adults, and families and have also counseled couples for the last three years. I approach my work with profound openness and deep compassion for all people. I have gained tremendous insight into the complexities of mental health and healing through the various settings I’ve worked in, such as private practice for the past eight years and as a school counselor for ten years.
My specific training and expertise includes:
- parent/child/teen relationships
- blended families
- physical and sexual abuse
- working with diverse cultures within the scope of mental health
- assisting families with educational advocacy for their children when mental health and/or behaviors pose difficulties at school
- working with individuals with dual diagnosis
My own personal experiences have impacted me as well, which ultimately have lead me to this field of helping others. I continue to grow as therapist each day through my work with others. It is truly in my work with others that I continue to grow emotionally, spiritually and learn new skills to better assist my clients.
I am a life-long learner and stay current in my field by attending trainings and workshops on emerging trends and research. I also learn from my clients and am continually inspired by their stories. I have assisted people from all walks of life, from young children, adolescents, blended family systems and couples.