Education & Experience

Education

MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK.  University of Washington, Seattle, WA. June 1982

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COUNSELING/PSYCHOLOGY.  The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.  December 1976.

LICENSED INDEPENDENT CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER.  Department of Licensing, State of Washington.  July 2001.

 

Work Experience

INDIVIDUAL, COUPLE, FAMILY AND ADOLESCENT THERAPIST,  Private Practice.  203 East Fourth Ave., Olympia, WA.  3/01 – Present.

Provide therapy that draws primarily from Internal Family Systems, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Narrative, and Structural Family Therapies.   Use skill building techniques to reduce anger, anxiety and depression and enhance communication and parenting approaches.

 

FAMILY RECONCILATION SERVICES (FRS) AND FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES  (FPS)THERAPIST, C.I.E.L.O., 3102 8TH Avenue NE, Olympia, WA.  8/01 – 1/05.

Provided home-based adolescent and family therapy to families referred by Washington State Department of Health and Social Services.  Issues addressed were: conflict among family members, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicidal behavior, major mental health issues, and communication problems.

 

ANGER MANAGEMENT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION SCHOOL COUNSELOR, Timberline High School, 6120 Mullen Road SE, Lacey, WA.   9/01 – 6/05.

Provided anger management treatment and conflict resolution services to high school students referred by administration and teachers.  Promoted anti-harassment, intimidation, and bullying intervention policies and practices.

 

YOUTH AND FAMILY THERAPIST, Community Youth Services, 824 Fifth Avenue SE, Olympia, WA.   4/98 – 8/01.

Provided FPS and FRS therapy as well as individual therapy for foster children and youth in an independent living program.

 

4-H CHALLENGE ROPES COURSE FACILITATOR.  The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.    5/97 – 6/01.

Led groups of youth, adults, and families in physically, mentally, and/or emotionally challenging group experiences that provided opportunities to build communication and problem solving skills.

 

PEER MEDIATOR AND CONFLICT MANAGER TRAINER, CRU Institute, 845 106th Avenue NE,  Bellevue, WA.   3/98 – 4/00.

Trained grade school, middle school, and high school students to become peer mediators/conflict managers at their schools.  Trained school staff to lead and manage student program.

 

COMMUNITY COALITION COORDINATOR.  TOGETHER!, Lacey, Washington.  1/96 – 9/97

Provided support, training and technical assistance to eight Community Coalitions in Thurston County to help build, evaluate, and strengthen their plans for the prevention of youth violence, alcohol and other drug use, criminal activity, pregnancy, and academic failure.

 

DIALOGUE WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR.  Legacy International: Global Youth Village, Bedford, Virginia.  6/97 – 8/97.

Taught conflict resolution and prejudice reduction skills to an international group of adolescents from diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds.

 

MENTAL HEALTH OFFICER.  International Rescue Committee,  Zagreb, Croatia.  3/94 – 5/95.

Assisted mental health and social service agencies serving Bosnian refugees and Croatian displaced populations in maintaining IRC/USAID grant requirements. Developed, disseminated, and led workshops on chemical dependency prevention, intervention, and treatment.

 

HIV/AIDS PROGRAM MANAGER.  Lewis County Health Department: HIV/AIDS Program, Chehalis, WA.  6/90 – 11/92.

Managed and supervised HIV/AIDS education and outreach staff.  Provided HIV/AIDS case management, education, and counseling and testing services.  Developed and helped implement a youth led retreat on youth sexuality and substance abuse issues.

 

HIV/AIDS EDUCATOR/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR.  Olympia AIDS Task Force, Olympia, WA.  5/89 – 6/90.

Taught HIV/AIDS prevention methods to street and incarcerated youth and adults.  Trained and coordinated volunteers to provide HIV/AIDS services.

 

YOUTH SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR AND PREVENTION SPECIALIST.  Center for Human Services, Seattle, WA.  8/85 – 1/88.

Taught social skills and substance abuse prevention methods to middle and high school students.  Provided chemical dependency assessments, family counseling, and education to school-referred youth and their families.

  • Circumstances

    • Relationship Issues
    • Major Life Changes
    • Separation/Divorce Physical/Emotional Abuse
    • Sexual Abuse/AssaultTraumaParenting
    • Loss

    • Death/Dying

    • Sexual Issues

    • Difficultly Sleeping

    • Spiritual Crisis

    • Spiritual Development

  • Behaviors

    • Socially Withdrawn From Others
    • Avoidance, Aggression: emotional/verbal/physical
    • Compulsive or Obsessive use of: alcohol, drugs, food, T.V., sex, computer, shopping
    • Child/Adolescent Problems
    • Obsessive
    • Impulsive
    • Hyperactive
    • Distractibility
    • Self Harm
  • Emotions

    • Depression

    • Anxiety/Worry/Panic

    • Agitation/Anger/Frustration

    • Sadness/Despair

    • Grief

    • Hopelessness

    • Fear/Terror

    • Mood Swings

    • Anger

    • Shame/Guilt

    • Loneliness

  • Thoughts


    • Difficulty with concentration/attention

    • Recurrent/intrusive thoughts

    • I am worthless

    • I am always scared

    • I can’t do anything right

    • I’m not lovable

    • Everything is my fault

    • I’m alone

    • I’ll always feel this way

    • It will always be this way