I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I have an undergraduate degree in
Sociology and a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Puget Sound. I also have extensive post-graduate
training in therapy related to many areas, including growth and development, sexual orientation, identity, coming out,
grief and loss, relationship problems, ADD & ADHD, trauma resolution, problems related to harassment and discrimination,
eating disorers, anxiety, depression, sleep, and sexual abuse.
I have been practicing in agency, educational, private and clinical settings for nearly twenty years.
I have been in full time private practice for the last fourteen years. Prior to that, I served as the Clinical
Director of Therapy for the Sexual Assault Center, Eating Disorder Program at Puyallup Valley Institute, and counseled in
a variety of settings.
I draw on my education and experience and a variety of theories, most notably strength and wellness, Feminist
Therapy and mindfulness. We will try to kindly follow the moment and recognize the messages that are available
to you from within. Attending carefully to your reactions and responses in the moment -- how you experience and react physically,
emotionally, in thoughts and in spirit, will help lead us to understand better your process and your needs. Family systems,
psychodynamic, gestalt and energy work also influence my work.
Feminist Therapy serves both women and men, young and old, and is concerned with the larger context of the presenting
issue (the "problem" you bring to therapy) as well as the specifics that you talk about. In other words, rather than
being focused only on your internal process, we look at how society, culture and the systems that surround you influence you
and attempt to create ways to find more power in your world -- to make your world work better for you. Our relationship
is cooperative -- I see myself as an interactive guide, witness and provider of information rather than an authority
The Therapy Experience
Counseling requires a committment from each of us. Your time, energy and attention are called for. My
responsibility is to provide compassionate guidance, witness, and to encourage possibility and hope for the
course of our work. You have the responsibility and right to question as we proceed, clarifying your needs and moving
in the direction of your choosing.
I use interventions and techniques that consider your personality style, goals and the connection between current
issues with other experiences, family and other relationships and cultural influences. I am very
comfortable working with a diverse populations. I invite and appreciate working with people of diverse sexual orientations,
ages, ethnicities, religions and economic backgrounds.
I hope your counseling or therapy experience will be one of exploration, growth and empowerment. Therapy can be
useful to address immediate, specific problems or as a part of a longer term process to understand more complex issues.
I am happy to work in either manner -- it depends on what you would like to accomplish.
I hope you will consider how counseling might benefit you. I'd be glad to talk about that -- feel welcome to call