I take a holistic and collaborative approach to therapy. I specialize in working with the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual impacts of stress and trauma and the many subsequent outcomes. These often include addictions (chemical and process), depression, anxiety, and relational issues. I have several years of experience working in the Substance Use Disorder field as a co-occurring therapist at the residential and outpatient levels of care.
No matter what a person seeks in their therapeutic journey, I believe that they are the expert of their own life. I believe that every individual holds an inner self that is wise, intuitive, and has the capacity to heal and grow. I find therapy to be a powerful experience of looking within in order to explore parts of oneself and ultimately reconnect with one’s own internal strength and wisdom, which can ultimately transform one’s relationship to oneself and those around them.
Using the approach, Internal Family Systems (IFS), I work to help clients access lost or forgotten parts of themselves. Often, because of trauma and stress, we might consciously or unconsciously disown parts of ourselves. We might grow to view certain coping skills or patterns as “bad”, when ultimately, they most likely served an important purpose in our lives. Using IFS, mindfulness, self-compassion, somatic inquiry, and other experiential approaches, I aim to help my clients explore themselves, part by part, with gentle curiosity. In my office I strongly adhere to the mantra, “All parts are welcome”. Even our most destructive coping mechanisms contain valuable qualities and I believe that everyone has within them what is necessary to heal these pieces, allowing us to become more integrated, free, and whole.
Professional Disclosure Statement
My therapeutic approach is founded in a wide range of Empirically-Based-Intervention practices. These practices include Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I also pull heavily from neuroscience, attachment theory, Existential theory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and feminist and systems perspectives. By choosing from a variety of approaches, I strive to meet each client as the unique individual that they are.
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University (2018)
Bachelor's of Science in Health Psychology, Bastyr University (2013)
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University, 2018
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, WA State, 2019-Present
Substance Use Disorder Professional Trainee, WA State, 2018-Present
Specialties and Modalities
Substance Use Disorders and other forms of addiction
PTSD and Complex-PTSD
Teens and Adults
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Life Meaning and Purpose