My goal in therapy is to help you live more fully into who God has created you to be.
I believe that every human being bears a glory and a beauty that they should embrace. Often our lives are full of brokenness, pain, darkness, and shame – choking off the truth of who we really are.
My aim is to help you grow in understanding your story, the darkness and the beauty. I believe that by inviting you to sit together in those moments of deep pain and darkness in your journey we can start to understand our lives and begin to heal and move into imagining new chapters. This means my approach to therapy involves a relational model with emphasis on the narrative of your life with its themes and patterns as well as the attachment style you learned from your childhood. Using this as a framework, I seek to help my clients grow in awareness of their internal world which I believe frees us up to live fully alive, able to connect with our emotions, our friends, family, and God in healthy and new ways.
- Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH60866573
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, 2016
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 2006
After three beautiful years of working as a therapist at Northwest Counsel, I moved to Chicago to pursue my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Adler University. I am currently in the second year of my PsyD program and am part of the Traumatic Stress Emphasis. As part of my clinical training, I work as a diagnostic extern at a psychiatric hospital in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, I teach as an adjunct professor in the psychology department of a local college and currently hold the position of Student Co-Chair in the ISTSS Complex Trauma SIG. I also regularly present at conferences across the United States on issues of complex trauma and dissociation.
- Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH60722752
Masters degree in Counseling Psychology
The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
“Be their blank canvas. Let them paint their thoughts on you; Until they can see the whole picture. That, is your part as a Listener.”
Every individual is unique in their needs and the time it takes to address them. I strive to create a strong, therapeutic relationship that is built on trust, respect, responsibility, empathy, attentiveness, and open-mindedness through communication. My goal is to offer you a safe and supportive space, to walk with you in your journey, explore aspects of the ‘self’ that you would like to build on, and discover strengths that can be used in your present and future to have the life that you desire. My belief is that counseling is most effective when taking a collaborative and holistic approach. Life can be stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. “My job is not to heal my clients; it is to help my clients heal themselves.”
I have years of experience working directly with adults, children, and families in a therapeutic setting and in their homes. I have had the honor of working with adults in intensive mental health services, facilitating life skills groups, in-school therapy at a high school and middle school, assessing patients in the emergency room at a hospital, and intensive in-home services with children and families. To say the least, I feel that it is important to meet clients where they are at.
I graduated from University of Washington in Seattle with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Gender Studies. I then decided to go to graduate school at Saint Martin’s University, where I got my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. I was raised in Tacoma, Washington and appreciate the community that has shaped me into the person that I am today. I am in love with nature and the outdoors, writing, and learning. My soul is particularly energized by my relationships with a hint of daily “me-time.”
Finding a therapist who is the best “fit” can sometimes be overwhelming, discouraging, and flat out, scary. Choosing a therapist based off of a name and (maybe) a picture can seem like a daunting task. If you have any questions or would like to explore if I am an appropriate fit for your unique needs, please reach out for a free 20 minute consultation.
Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate # MC60894408
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Saint Martin’s University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Minor in Gender Studies
University of Washington in Seattle