About My Clients
I work with adults and youth for individual therapy and group therapy and also offer child and family therapy. Teaching clients present centered awareness and radical action with acceptance is my jam. Clients have used words to describe me/our sessions like: Empowerment, Calm, Motivated, Centered, Funny, Challenging, Transformative, Supported, Connected, Insight, Natural, Empathetic, Insightful, Resourceful, Healing, Knowledgeable, Understanding, Caring, Aware
My Background and Approach
My experience in systems work, depth psychology, cultural analysis and my personal commitment to authenticity, honesty and compassion allow me to serve the many diverse needs of clients with flexibility and expertise. I succeeded in strengths based work focused on children's mental health and continue to advocate strongly for youth and for racial justice as well as for reducing the stigma of mental illness. I have served as a therapist and supervisor within many excellent organizations and provide leadership based in collaboration. In addition to CBT, DBT, ACT and many other research backed therapy methodologies - I provide a humanistic and existential perspective that honors one's true individuality, culture, and nature.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I grew up in the south and have called the Pacific Northwest home for the past 22 years but sometimes still express myself with a slight twang. Like many in this part of the world I have a deep appreciation for nature and find healing spending time amongst the many forests, beaches, rivers and mountains around us. I am the proud owner of Wee, my 5th Bouvier des Flandres dog who is sometimes around during sessions with clients as she is a service dog. In addition to therapy, extensive training in Vipassana meditation and in the dharma prepared me to assist clients in learning about and practicing mindfulness and meditation. Experience with plant medicine and facilitating present focused interconnected awareness allows me to provide psychedelic integration counseling and soon will collectively provide healing retreats. I invite you to schedule an introductory session with me to determine how I can be most helpful to you.