I entered the field of psychology because I was fascinated with people and wanted to help others find their true potential through psychoanalytic work. The process of psychotherapy can be difficult at times but also rewarding. I work predominately with individual adults and couples struggling with their relationship, supervise interns/ externs, facilitate groups, and teach psychology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
My therapeutic orientation is Jungian in nature, however I combine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other holistic techniques, such as nutrition and exercise. My research interests involve working with men struggling with anger and sexual addiction, couples in crisis, returning military veterans of war, and understanding the effects of traumatic brain injury with emotion.
My drive for personal understanding has lead me to do my own psychoanalytic work over the past 7 years, as well as pursue an advanced education. I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Psychology with an emphasis in Pre-Medicine, a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University-Seattle, and I’m finishing up a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbra, CA. My clinical work has involved psychotherapy and assessments, in the areas of forensic, health, and neruopsychology.
Often times, the body speaks when the mind cannot. Sadness, worry, headaches, tension, pain, and digestive issues are frequently signs of emotional distress. My approach is to work with clients as whole beings. I utilize an integrative client centered approach and assist through interactive problem solving. I specifically work with adults who are struggling with both emotional and medical illnesses. I educate my clients as to the physiological impact their symptoms are having on their body and their mind. I help my clients to break their goals down to small achievable steps upon which to build and improve wellness.
I have been working in the psychology field since 2007. Working in both community mental health, community health clinics, brain injury rehabilitation, and private hospital settings. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Washington State University where I participated in research exploring mild cognitive impairment. I went on to Eastern Washington University where I studied executive function and criminality. I transferred to Argosy University, Seattle where I was awarded a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology while pursuing a Doctorate of Psychology with a specialization in Neuro- and Health Psychology. I completed my internship in Health Psychology as a therapist within a medical clinic. There, I saw people with medical illnesses and emotional distress. My dissertation research focused on the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease through the use of a select group of tests and MRI techniques. I enjoy the fusion of psychology and medicine. Through education and teamwork, I help my clients take control of their health and improve their quality of life.
Seeking therapy can feel scary, but I believe that is it is a courageous and empowering step. I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy and that therapy can be a means for personal growth. I have a family systems approach to my counseling, that is, I see how our upbringing shaped and molded us into who we are today. I believe that some of the difficulties we have with others is rooted in the learned relationships we have with our family members. I utilize the whole person experience with elements of cognitive behavioral and client centered therapy along with EFT to help you achieve your personal and relationship goals.
I provide individual and couples counseling with mindful and compassionate approach around subjects such as relationships, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, sexual addiction and trauma, self-esteem and conflict resolution to name a few. I am continually amazed by the human spirit and our natural resilient ability to heal and grow, when given the right kind of attention and caring. I value the impact that relations ships have on our sense of well-being from a very young age and into adulthood and with this in mind my goal is to cultivate this opportunity for healing in relationship by offering a open, warm, honest and collaborative space for emotional, spiritual and creative growth. I have a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and a masters degree in Psychology from Saybrook University- LIOS.
Originally, from Tucson, AZ, I have practiced counseling and/or group facilitation since 1995. I moved from the Arizona desert to the wettest region in the lower United States in mid-2000. My experience includes facilitating groups of adults and children, clinical work with chronic mentally ill, sexual assault victims, families and couples, offenders, Latinos, American Indian Nations. I conduct individual, couples, family and group sessions. I have worked extensively with families, children and teens, and reconnecting felons with their families. Some of the issues I have frequently addressed with clients include: Divorce and Grief-related; Self-esteem; Anger Management; Stress; Anxiety; Panic; Trauma; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Depression; Sexual Abuse; Behavioral Addictions; and Self-harm behaviors. I am currently employed as a Sex Offender Treatment Specialist for the Washington State Department of Corrections.
I am currently in the Master’s program at City University of Seattle, accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). I intend to obtain my licensure as both Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist from the State of Washington Department of Health. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling.My orientation in counseling is primarily rooted in Psychodynamic, Existential, and Family Systems theories with strong experience in Cognitive-Behavioral and Trauma treatment. However, I incorporate an array of theoretical practices to accommodate what will work best for you in a particular instance, all based on the Wellness model within the Developmental construct.