I believe therapy is a resource that can help people live more meaningful, authentic, and value-based lives. Often getting to a place of meaning and authenticity can be demanding, but the journey is well worth it. I offer a non-judgmental and candid approach as I support you in your process of self-discovery and acceptance.
As a holistic, sex-positive therapist, I will attend to your emotions, thoughts, physical experiences, and spiritual understandings. I take a particular interest in working with individuals and couples to discover their sense of self and the complexity of their parts; engage their sexuality; and build healthy relationships. My clients seek counseling for a variety of reasons such as anxiety, depression, shame, substance misuse, trauma, life transitions and self-worth. My approach with every client is engaging and compassionate. It is my work to create a space where you can feel safe to sort through the messiness of life.
Training and Education
I am a WA state Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (Lic # MC60981089). I earned my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University where my training emphasized a commitment to social justice, advocacy, substance use, and multicultural counseling. My BA in Psychology comes from Northwest University.
My clinical internship took place at MEND Institute, an organization providing low-cost counseling to gender oppressed individuals. While at MEND, I completed a critical social theory curriculum which emphasized the integration of intersectional feminism and social justice into the work of counseling. I completed additional training in Acceptance Commitment Therapy and therapeutic process groups. My ongoing development is focused on intimacy counseling, couples and relationship work, and trauma.
I believe who you have become – your identities, worldview, wellbeing, and how you relate to others – has been shaped by the systems surrounding you. Our cultural worlds and the power relations in which we are located are often central to the challenges we face. I will intently listen to your stories to gain an understanding of how your background and social environment have shaped you and your relationships. At times, our work together may challenge the way you think about your world, which takes vulnerability and courage. The good news is, these uncomfortable places are often filled with meaning and propel you to live a more value-congruent life.
Modalities and Techniques
The techniques I utilize are diverse, and tailored to your specific needs. My practice is grounded in feminist therapy and is relational in nature. I frequently draw from Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment Theory, and Polyvagal Theory – all evidence-based approaches that help clients develop insight, and make observable and impactful changes in their lives.
My work with couples is influenced by the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Counseling (PACT). I am a Level I certified PACT therapist. Using this approach, I work experientially with couples to build secure relationships.