About Me:

Approach
 

​My training is based on Systems Theory, which means my focus is not just on the experience and symptoms of an individual client, but also on the context and relationships within which those experiences and symptoms occur.  My therapeutic approach varies based on the client and the presenting problem, but I practice primarily from a Strengths-based approach.  I fundamentally believe every person has the strengths and qualities necessary to meet their goals  and improve their life.  A significant part of my job is to help clients identify, strengthen, and utilize those inner skills.  I draw on techniques such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, and Narrative Theory.  Therapy is most effective when it is a collaborative process, and I emphasize my client's unique expertise in their lives to develop treatment plans and help them reach their goals.

​My training is based on Systems Theory, which means my focus is not just on the experience and symptoms of an individual client, but also on the context and relationships within which those experiences and symptoms occur.  My therapeutic approach varies based on the client and the presenting problem, but I practice primarily from a Strengths-based approach.  I fundamentally believe every person has the strengths and qualities necessary to meet their goals  and improve their life.  A significant part of my job is to help clients identify, strengthen, and utilize those inner skills.  I draw on techniques such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused, and Narrative Theory.  Therapy is most effective when it is a collaborative process, and I emphasize my clients' unique expertise in their lives to develop treatment plans and help them reach their goals.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists​- Clinical Fellow

  • WA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists- Clinical Member

  • Pierce County Counselor's Association

  • Perinatal Collaborative of Pierce County

Education
 

​I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Washington   (LF 60102496).  I received my B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Puget Sound, then completed my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University. 

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Experience

​I have over 16 years of counseling experience in the Puget Sound area. In addition to my private practice, I work for a local non-profit community health clinic providing mental health services for low-income women and their families around pregnancy, grief and loss, abuse, trauma, parenting, substance abuse, domestic violence, and a variety of mental health disorders.  I have experience working as a therapist in a residential treatment center for adolescent boys and in care coordination for children in therapeutic foster care programs.  I am uniquely qualified to address issues related to sexuality, infertility, adoption, pregnancy and post-partum adjustment & mood disorders.  I am a Certified Gottman Educator and have completed the instructor training for the "Bringing Baby Home" program, a research-based curriculum which assists couples in the transition to parenthood. I have also trained as a Birth Doula, which gives me a particular insight to the complexities of childbirth and the emotional impact it has on a woman and her family.

I have been married for over 19  years and enjoy the daily chaos of parenting 2 school age children and caring for a menagerie of animals. When I am not working I enjoy time with family and friends, reading, gardening, and spending time outdoors hiking, biking and playing.

2010 - present

2010 - present

Counseling for Individuals, Couples, & Families

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