Approach to counseling
I believe that all of us have the innate capacity to heal from trauma, improve our relationships, and work toward the lives we want. But we often get in the way of our own growth — by relying on outdated coping strategies, disconnecting from ourselves and others, and letting critical inner voices dictate our choices. As your counselor, I will collaborate with you to explore old patterns and overcome barriers to wellness so that you have access to greater fulfillment, authenticity, and ease.
My work is grounded in intersectional feminism, attachment theory and relational psychodynamic theory. These approaches underscore my belief that we’re all profoundly impacted — consciously and unconsciously — by our early relationships and the world around us. I also incorporate evidence-based practices like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as appropriate. These approaches involve looking closely at the relationship between your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions or bodily sensations.
In session, I hope that you’ll experience me as warm, authentic, and nonjudgmental. I want you to feel safe exploring the elements of your story that might be difficult or painful, because it is through such exploration that healing can take place. We will likely talk about your early relationships and experiences and consider how messages you’ve received from your family and culture have impacted you. I often incorporate mindfulness into therapy, and I believe that exploring dynamics within the therapy relationship can lead to insight into other important relationships in your life.
Education and experience
I am licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Washington state (#LH61172173). I earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. I’ve provided supportive services at several community agencies in Seattle and the Bay Area, including a day treatment program for people diagnosed with an acute mental illness; a support line for survivors of intimate partner violence; and a low-fee counseling center serving women and gender diverse individuals and couples.
Before becoming a mental health provider, I worked in the non-profit sector as a communications and development professional. Outside of my professional life, I get pretty excited about healthy food, beautiful writing, gentle yoga, insight meditation, public transportation, good coffee, and sunny days in the mountains.