I listen to your story and make connections between reoccurring patterns, helping you gain insight. This is achieved by asking questions, challenging assumptions or making observations. I make use of humor and experiential excercises. I will both support and push you to make the changes you want in your life.
Most human problems stem from feelings of isolation, fear, and shame. It is through connection—being truly seen and heard—that we are able to grow away from places of profound hurt. Each and everyone one of us are born good, but over time our experiences have taught us to mistrust our innate goodness. Counseling is a process of reclaiming our awareness that we are inherently good and reaching beyond isolation. In my office that means (at your comfort level of course) sometimes swearing, yelling and generally actively fighting negative thoughts to remember you are good.
If you want to nerd out over psychotherapy terms - read on! If you know you want to work with me, great, do it! My theoretical orientation is rooted in systems therapy, attachment theory, and object relations. I take into consideration the complexities of our relationships to our earliest memories, families, self, and the world around us. I pay particular attention to the impact of your unique cultural background and the intersection of these experiences.
I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Washington, license number LF60267695.
I earned a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University in Psychology with an emphasis in Child, Couple and Family Therapy (2009). My Bachelor of Science is from Eastern Washington University in Applied Developmental Psychology (2004).
I have undertaken additional post graduate education in the clinical treatment of Internalized Oppression, Acceptance and Commitment Psychotherapy (ACT). I continue to participate in professional development to enhance my growth.