Helping you to find and live a life that you value is my primary goal. Too often in life, we just end up offtrack. We pay too much attention to things that don’t truly matter to us… our fear, our regret, our pain or sorrow. By themselves there is nothing wrong with them, but when they become prevailing forces in our lives, it leads to suffering.
Too often we believe that we are the problem, when in truth — the problem is the problem. I believe that counseling can help you find your way. You can live a life where you have created your own meaning.
The most important aspect of counseling is whether or not you find the relationship with your therapist as a supportive one. In my experience, being tied to any one method limits a therapist’s ability to adapt to what you need. So I see my job as to meet you where you are at and adapt my training to the issues you are dealing with. There is a strong core of mindfulness that runs through the core of all of the therapies I have training in as I believe this is a very beneficial practice. I also utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, narrative therapy, and bilateral sensitization to help us identify the problem and to distinguish you (and all of your strengths and resources) from the problem itself.
I graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Psychology and from Lewis and Clark College with a MA in Counseling Psychology with Addictions emphasis. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings as therapist and assessment specialist as well as in the community as a crisis specialist.
Games can be used to creatively facilitate change and I welcome those who have a passion for gaming! I have been playing D&D since the 80s and while I love the current iteration of 5th edition, there will always be a spot in my heart for 3rd-3.5 editions.
I look forward to hearing from you!