Learning how to live a satisfying life can be tricky, and balancing all the moving parts can seem overwhelming. Anxiety, worry, and sadness are just as much a part of life as tranquility and happiness. My view of counseling focuses on generating growth by cultivating self-awareness. I believe people have the inner capacity for healing, and are most fulfilled when they live with integrity, in accordance with their personal beliefs. Increasing self-awareness and authenticity also allows clients to take responsibility in their lives. Developing goals and interests that are healthy and satisfying can be accomplished by exploring personal values and goals. My approach to counseling incorporates humanism, existentialism, and mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapies. Exploring your needs and styles are essential to tailor your therapy experience to you. In therapy, we will discuss which approaches are most suited to your unique goals and preferences.
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, I have a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the area. I spent many years living elsewhere, but the Pacific Northwest has always been home. During my years away from the Pacific Northwest, I lived for 2 years in Burkina Faso, Africa, as a US Peace Corps Volunteer, where I taught high school and collaborated with community members on a variety of health and education projects.
I was drawn to the counseling field through my experience working as a high school math teacher. Although I love mathematics and I love teaching, I found that my most meaningful moments involved one-on-one or small group interactions with students, families, and colleagues.
I hold a Masters of Science in Counseling from Portland State University, a program that has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). In addition to my Masters Degree training, I hold a Certificate of Alcohol and Drug Counseling. I have also received specific clinical training in mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy, distance counseling, sex therapy, and EMDR.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. My Washington license, LH60877634, can be verified online through the Washington State Department of Health Provider Credential Search.
I am also a Certified Sex Therapist, through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.