I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#LH 60875123), and have been in private practice since 2015. I received my BA in Psychology at Oberlin College in 2009, and my MA in Counseling Psychology at Washington State University in 2013, with an internship at the Student Counseling Center of Lewis-Clark State College.
Since 2013, I have worked providing Mental Health Case Management to homeless adults at DESC, Crisis Intervention services over the phone through Crisis Connections, and Psychotherapy services for adults both through my private practice and at Community Psychiatric Clinic.
In these experiences I have worked with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and treated mood disorders (such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder), adjustment difficulties (from grief or a major life change) and thought disorders (such as schizophrenia).
My training is grounded in Brief Solution Focused Therapy, in which I work with you to find the concrete changes in your thoughts, behavior, and perspective that will let you live without your current distress. I use techniques from Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Narrative Therapy to help you meet these goals.
PHILOSOPHY OF CHANGE
The rich tapestry of our lived experiences is too vast and varied to remember in its entirety, so we make sense of our lives by editing out the extraneous details and forming a coherent narrative. Sometimes internal or external forces push this process off course though, and we become focused on the experiences that confirm a dysfunctional narrative. By fighting back against this tendency and shifting our thinking and behavior to support a healthier narrative, we can once again live the life we want for ourselves.