About Me

Education & Experience:

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Psychology - Mental Health Counseling. I am also a member of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association.

Since 1996, the majority of my work has been in the non-profit sector with children and families. I have experience working with adolescents, adults, families and couples, in a variety of settings including: free community counseling for youth at risk, substance abuse treatment programs for youth and parents, crisis intervention, parent education, and in-home counseling focused on keeping families together. Along with my private practice, I continue to work part-time as a clinical supervisor at a non-profit family counseling agency and occasionally, contract with community agencies to provide counseling services to youth.

 

Areas of Expertise and Interest:

My primary areas of specialty are pre-teen and adolescent populations. I have over 20 years of experience working with youth and their families in regard to issues such as substance abuse, foster care and relative placement, adoption issues, academic challenges, depression, child abuse and neglect, difficulties with peer relationships, ethnic and racial issues, anxiety, sexual orientation, identity development, legal problems and family conflict.

Another interest of mine is working with 'blended' families. My definition of blended families includes all step-parenting families as well as families brought together through adoption and foster care or situations in which relatives are caring for children of family members.

Therapeutic Style:

My style of therapy is open and direct. I believe establishing a solid, trusting relationship is critical to working effectively with anyone, but particularly with adolescents and pre-teens. The primary therapeutic technique I use is talking; however, I also use some experiential activities such as, art, journaling, role-playing and therapeutic games. My counseling approach has been shaped by several counseling theories including, developmental, systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral.