I tend to be pragmatic, excelling in the “Now What?” stage. I am solution-focused and action-oriented, providing applicable skills and cognitive understanding of, “Why do I behave the way I do?!”. Yet I have been successful with even the resistant clientele by providing patience for their trust development, a judgment free arena, and pacing with the clients’ personal momentum.
I have worked in two different private practices since my graduation from Seattle Pacific University in 2006, right here in Edmonds, Washington, and have gleaned enough experience and confidence to provide you a mental health service to trust. I’ve been with my husband since 2003 so can give testimony of the difficulties and realities of long-term relationships and parenting. I have an easy sense of humor and I’m very transparent.
I went into counseling because I wanted to help people. I received a lot of help growing up so maybe that’s why I have a lot of room to do that. Being happy and healthy isn’t supposed to be a unique experience. It’s validating when I can help others achieve it. Which gives me purpose and identity. I feel appreciated and competent. I studied counseling psychology for years, volunteered at churches and crisis centers, worked for a daycare for transitional housing, and was proud to be associated with DSHS, CPS, CFS in Seattle back in the day. It’s not just my career but my lifestyle. I only noticed that when I heard of other therapists that used to be financial directors or managers for advertising companies. I was always in the humanities, from babysitting over 30 years ago to now practicing psychotherapy successfully in the city of Edmonds!
If I’m your first counselor or eleventeenth therapist, I will provide you an experience of productive self-reflection.
Please peruse the following tabs to learn more about my therapy approach to see if what I offer resonates with you. Overall my biggest emphasis will always be: validation, accountability, and effort.