I have lived in Seattle almost my entire life. My journey has not always been clear or easy, but all my experiences have led me to be the person I am and the profession I am passionate about today. I have learned much from my life experiences--about love, loss, relationships, hardships, and the strength and development of resilience. I am grateful for everything and everyone that has been a part of my journey.
I have known that I wanted to work in Mental Health since I was ten years old, having personally experienced the healing power of therapy. I was fortunate enough to find a loving and supportive therapist. I hoped for myself to one day be able to help others the way she helped me. After watching the movie, Good Will Hunting, I was sold on my mission.
Outside of my work, I have many passions and interests. I love being creative through singing, dancing, and writing. I love being outdoors and around nature. Being open to new experiences and challenges has benefited me in many ways. While I have over seven years of related experience in the mental health field (adult and child inpatient & outpatient work), I have worked in other fields as well, including accounting, construction, the service industry, resort mountain guest services, animal grooming, and more.
Here’s how I approach my work: I follow a client-centered, strengths-based model. I consider every individual/family/couple as unique and, as such, use methods and techniques best suited for each situation. My scope of practice includes many areas, all pertaining to individuals, couples, and families. Most of my experience--and my passion--involves working with women, teens, couples, and the LGBTQ community. I am also interested in and currently work with individuals and couples around sexuality and intimacy.
I was trained in Family Systems Therapy, which means that I approach therapy holistically, focusing on the individual and extending beyond, to the interactions between family members and significant others. I work with clients to help them recognize how extended family, culture, and society may affect them as individuals.
My formal education started at the University of Washington, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I obtained my Master of Science degree at Seattle Pacific University, graduating in June 2017. I currently have over seven years of experience in mental health settings. I worked in a Washington State inpatient psychiatric unit as a Mental Health Specialist. As a licensed therapist, I worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various school settings, hospitals, and agencies.
Sex and Intimacy -- focusing my work:
I am currently working toward gaining my credentials as a certified sex therapist. In my experience, this is an area that is often overlooked, both in therapy and in general. Whether sex/sexuality is the focus or you are just looking for more intimacy in your relationship(s), I work to provide a safe space for promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior. I offer a place where issues around sexual intimacy and function can be openly discussed. Issues and concerns regarding sex, sexuality, and sexual identity are natural and a part of our human experience, yet these are often viewed as taboo. I strive to provide a setting that destigmatizes sex and that leads to healthy, quality relationships and lives.
Seattle Pacific University
Marriage and Family Therapy
Master of Science
University of Washington
Bachelor of Arts
LMFTA (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Associate)
Washington State #MG 60793513
Experience / Training
Gottman Method Couples Therapy -Level I – February 2017
PREPARE/ENRICH Facilitator for Premarital Therapy
Seattle SAR for AASECT completion level 1 – June 2017