My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative, somatic and holistic. My goal is to create a safe, supportive environment where clients feel non-judged, accepted, and can share his or her deepest thoughts and experiences, which will play a role in the healing process.
I have been trained in many counseling theories. I tend to draw from an analytical, developmental, and mindfulness perspectives blended with neuroscience. In depth psychotherapy, a primary goal is to help clients gain insight or become aware of how unconscious feelings and motives play a role in behavior. A developmental perspective, attachment theory focuses on our first relationships in life and how these connections influence our behaviors in our current relationships. By understanding our attachment style, we can learn how to be in relationship with others in healthier ways.
In working with you, I may teach you coping skills and review them in future sessions. I will encourage you to practice them at home. I may ask you to journal, experience art, share dreams, experience imagery or use your imagination to help bring the unconscious into awareness to deepen your experience in therapy.
I have had success in helping clients with low self esteem, depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, PTSD, grief and loss, finding meaning in life, life transitions and ageing.
If you have questions or concerns about what I am doing as your counselor in therapy, you have the right to ask me about your concerns. I would hope that we can form a relationship where you feel comfortable enough to question anything that happens in therapy. I also welcome any new ideas you have that you feel would be helpful in your healing process.
I welcome you to this therapeutic journey we will take together.
M.A Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2014 Antioch Seattle University
B.A. Human Services, 2009 Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
Associate Degree, 2006 Skagit Valley College, Mt. Vernon WA
Interfaith Community Health Center, Bellingham WA 2013-2014 – Intern counselor providing individual and group counseling working with individuals challenged by depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma related disorders, anger, loss and grief, substance abuse,and co-lead a pain magnet group.
Sunrise Services Behavioral Health, Mt Vernon 2014-2016 – Case manager and Mental Health Professional working with a depression, anxiety, trauma related disorders, anger, and grief and loss.
Sunrise Services Behavioral Health Sedro Woolley and Concrete WA, 2016 to current – Mental Health Professional and Supervisor II Clinical Lead at the Sedro Woolley and Concrete offices completing intake assessments, diagnosing, crisis intervention and stabilization, working with a variety of mental health issues and supervising case manager.