Because one size does not fit all, I practice integrative psychotherapy, drawing on techniques from various modalities. I favor a Humanistic, person-centered approach. This means that I will work collaboratively with you, focusing on what is happening in your life now, how the past has shaped your current situation, and the choices you will make to empower yourself to find solutions and/or acceptance.
During our sessions together, I will be attending to your thoughts, feelings, body language and somatic experience. From time to time I may suggest particular exercises, if useful and appropriate, such as mindfulness meditation, journaling or writing, or specific books. You are the authority on your life and our work together will nurture your capacity to make choices and lead the life you want to live.
Experience & Training
I am a Washington state licensed mental health counselor. Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training, and practice. I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University, where I had the opportunity to train as a student clinician at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. I completed my graduate level clinical internship at the YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish, where I provided counseling for adults, teens and couples from diverse backgrounds. Post-internship, I worked as a therapist in the Community Mental Health department at the YWCA, in addition to my private practice. My approach to therapy is informed by the mind/body connection, and I hold a 200-hour level yoga instructor certification from Pacific Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Studies.
Prior to working in mental health, I held leadership, policy, and creative positions in the fields of music, arts, and government for approximately 20 years.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." -Carl Rogers