Hi there. I'm an OCD specialist, body image advocate, anxiety warrior, and believer in the power of relationships.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA
Supervised by Tamra Davis, LMFT
In marriage, we choose to be on another person's team for the long haul, no matter what life stressors we face. For many small, and at times big, reasons, couples forget that they're on the same team. In couples counseling, the focus is not only learning better ways of handling conflict, but also increasing the ability to express fears, desires, and emotions to your partner. I also deeply enjoy helping couples lay a solid foundation for their marriage in premarital counseling.
Grief is one of the most crushing human emotions. It has a way of opening our eyes to what is important in life, but does so in incredibly painful ways. Grief counseling focuses on honoring the grief journey and all the emotions that come with it. I join you on the road you never wanted to walk and listen as you process your hurt, sadness, anger, and loneliness. Though grief does not have a final destination, I walk with you as its weight eventually eases as it becomes part of your story.
Anxiety can feel like a vice around your neck, stripping the life out of living. In anxiety treatment, we focus on the underlying cause of the anxiety and then courageously pursue relief through the use of coping tools, improving relationships, developing a self-care routine, and more. I also work with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, one of the most misunderstood disorders. I use a great amount of empathy and acceptance along with Exposure-Response Prevention in OCD treatment.
Few things in life are more exciting than finding your partner and planning your future together. One of the most important steps in achieving that future is ensuring you have a solid foundation, which is why I am a big encourager of premarital counseling. Some things we'll cover: Conflict styles Family Background/In-laws Finances Intimacy And more.
When anxiety, panic, and OCD are controlling your life, decreasing their holds is the primary goal. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides tools to do just that. We work on how your thoughts influence your emotions and behaviors and incorporate mindfulness. Depending on how the anxiety is presenting, we may do some exposure therapy. If OCD is what brings you to counseling, then Exposure-Response Prevention (an offshoot of CBT) will be the main treatment.
When we feel safe and secure in our relationships, we are better able to courageously explore our worlds. In EFT, we work on improving the security of your attachments by delving into your core fears, emotions, and desires. Doing so allows for moments of great connection, making this a great fit for marriage, premarital, and family counseling.
OCD is simultaneously one of the most common and most misunderstood mental health disorders. As someone who has personally suffered from the disorder, I am passionate about my clients receiving the effective, gold-standard treatment of Exposure-Response Prevention, as well as other compassionate treatments. I am offering a support group for family members of those with OCD. It is held online and open to all of Washington state.