About My Clients
Are you struggling to connect with others? Trying to navigate a life transition or grieving a loss? I work with clients representing many ages and identities facing issues including anxiety, depression, impacts of trauma, grief, difficult relationships, identity exploration and life changes. I value helping clients find their own best answers to challenges, understand how past experiences impact present life, engage in healing and and find personal sources of creativity, health, ease and hope.
My Background and Approach
I earned a B.A. in psychology and humanities from Antioch University and M.A. in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University. I have experience supporting a wide range of clients in a community mental health agency and public schools in Seattle. My approach is informed by my education and training as well as personal lived experience of positive change and healing in psychotherapy. As we come to understand your hopes and needs for therapy, I may utilize tools including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness to support you in your process. I am trained in play and art therapy approaches for children and youth and may tailor these techniques for your therapy if you are interested, to foster spontaneity, creativity and stress relief. I bring art and writing to our work together if you are interested in these methods of self-expression. My therapeutic style is warm, accepting, curious, and collaborative.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I believe each of us has capacity for growth, healing and authentic expression and therapy provides a vital way to realize that capacity. I bring commitment to cultural sensitivity and social justice to my work, respecting that our lives are connected to and shaped by multiple cultural, communal, and societal influences. I value helping clients find their own best answers to challenges, understand how past experiences impact present life, engage in healing and find personal sources of creativity, health, happiness, and hope.