The therapeutic relationship is the greatest predictor of success in therapy. Because of this, my priority is to ensure you feel understood, validated, and that we establish a mutual foundation of trust in our sessions together. I approach counseling with a desire to provide a nonjudgmental and safe environment for you to experience growth. My style is compassionate, direct, and often mixed with humor. During our counseling relationship, we will work together to identify your concerns and create meaningful goals to help you navigate challenges. The hope is for you to feel empowered by a sense of agency on your healing journey; I value your voice and perspective.
I incorporate a mix of therapeutic styles based on my expertise and the best fit for your needs. Types of therapy may include: Relational, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Somatic, Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic, and Lifespan Integration. I focus on the mind-body connection: restoring awareness to how emotion shows up in your body and how to relate to yourself with compassion.
I am a Health at Every Size (HAES) and body-positive provider. This approach is rooted in my value that therapy should be a safe space for everyone in every body to receive care. I utilize an intersectional lens, which involves making space for all aspects of your identity. It is also important for me to acknowledge my own privilege and as a white, thin, heterosexual, cis-gendered female in this work and how this may show up in session. I strive to provide space to process the systems of oppression that perpetuate harm and marginalization, while also seeking my own accountability and ongoing learning as a practitioner holding these areas of privilege.
Education & professional background
I received my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2016. This program is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. I practice under the title of Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60908132).
Over my years as a therapist, I have had the honor of bearing witness to the full spectrum of the counseling process, from the initial phone call to the final session. A large part of my career was spent working at a treatment center in Seattle. I lead group therapy, worked as the intake department lead, and as a primary therapist. I have also worked in the context of a group private practice, before starting my own.
Healing is not linear and involves time and trust in the messiness of the process. It is a privilege to be a part of this journey with my clients and to experience hope alongside them.