Introduction

Background: I have been in private practice as a therapist for over 9 years. Previously, I spent 12 years teaching in the public school system in Seattle.


Credentials: In Washington State, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License Number LH00010943) which is the highest level of credentials for a Master’s level Therapist.  This means I have done the required number of supervised clinical hours, the approved number of client contact hours, and passed my National Mental Health Counselors Clinical Exam.


Education:

Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences

Leadership Institute of Seattle, Bastyr University, Kenmore Washington

March 2000


Bachelor of Education

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

November 1992

Volunteer: For over four years, I volunteered my time with students at FareStart. This is an organization the provides expert culinary education and hands-on training to homeless women and men to give them the skills and confidence to become employable again.  As well, I sat for 2 terms (4 years) on the Seattle/King County HIV/AIDS Planning Council.


Philosophy and Practice: The way I work with clients comes from the philosophy I have about life; “It’s your Life, Live it Well!”.

We have all had struggles and challenges in our lives. Therapy is never about learning how to avoid challenges. Therapy is about learning how to manage conflicts and situations for the best possible outcome so that you can continue to enjoy your life and live it to its fullest.

My Philosophical background incorporates Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Existentialism, Gestalt theory, and Psychodynamic theory.

As a therapist, I interact with my clients in the same way that I want to experience therapy as a consumer. This means that we develop a rapport where you can talk openly about your situation and I can provide you feedback, resources, and strategies that are best suited for you. This requires that I know and understand you well. Therapy should never be a, “cookie-cutter” approach with a, “one-size fits all” mentality. What works for one person may not work for another therefore, it is my job to know you and work with you to find strategies and interventions that support your success. Ultimately, though, it is up to you to implement the changes that you want to see.

It is my job to provide you clarity and insight about you and your circumstances.  As well, we will talk about the possibilities and probabilities of certain outcomes regarding your behaviors, attitudes, and choices you make in your life while working with you to make the choices that are most beneficial for you.

Scope: My clientele represents the rich diversity in our community. I work with all cultural backgrounds, a range of religious and spiritual practices, the broad spectrum of income — from homeless to very wealthy, and I welcome lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and questioning teens and adults.