I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a passion for keeping individuals, marriages, and families strong, healthy and happy. The insight and experience I have gained through the years allows me to help people from all walks of life—whether you are suffering from deep emotional wounds or simply need someone to provide you with a safe, empathetic, and nonjudgmental space to give voice to your struggles and to explore your options. All too often we feel we are alone in our struggles even when we are in the midst of family and friends and it is important to me that the clients I serve understand that the journey toward healing and wholeness does not have to be undertaken alone.
For the last ten years, I have been working with college students with disabilities. Working with diverse populations has taught me a lot about the importance of matching my counseling interventions to the needs of each individual. I enjoy helping people acknowledge their strengths and potential while facilitating their desired change and development.
Prior to my work with college students and graduate schoolwork, I worked for Healthy Families of Clallam County in Washington State. I provided intake evaluations and domestic violence sexual assault advocacy for women, men, children, and families. As an advocate I learned that I might be the only source of support and information for the victim. I listened to the victims’ stories and appreciated the uniqueness of every person’s life.
Through the assessment process, my goal is to understand my clients in the context of their social, biological, and cultural backgrounds. I support clients in developing greater self-acceptance, identifying ineffective life patterns, and discovering the path to greater authenticity and fulfillment.
My theoretical orientation can best be described as eclectic, reflecting the broad range of personality types and individual needs expressed by my clients. Solution-focused and Cognitive/Behavioral therapy define the majority of my work with clients.
In my work with couples, I adhere to the work of John Gottman, PhD. who has a passion for restoring marriages and healing families. Like Gottman, I also believe families are crucial to the survival of society.
As part of my graduate study work, I gained experience working with women seeking to overcome substance abuse. It has been a huge reward to counsel and support women in their recovery process and explore ways to help them maintain sobriety, recovery, and discover healthier living choices.
I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups on a broad range of issues. I am especially interested in understanding clients from a holistic perspective, including the psychological, spiritual, physical, and social domains. My other clinical interests include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and stress management, ADHD and learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, addictions, conflict resolution skills, difficulties within couple and family relationships, veterans and underserved populations.