I see each person in the context of their relationships and their experiences. We all have a story and each person’s story is unique. I believe it is when we feel safe to tell our story and process it that we can move forward in the way we desire.
I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Seattle Pacific University. After working in various settings, I decided to pursue my Masters degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from George Fox University. At George Fox, I focused on work with children and families as well as expressive therapies such as play therapy and sandtray therapy. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a certified Child Parent Psychotherapist. I attend trainings on a regular basis to maintain and enhance my skills as a clinician.
I have been working with children and teens in a variety of settings for over 10 years. Before becoming a clinician, I was an early childhood educator which provided me with a strong foundation in child development. In the mental health field, I have worked with children and teens as a residential behavioral counselor, embedded in a school district and alternative education program, in a mental health agency, in client homes, and in private practice. I also have been an early childhood mental health consultant for schools. I have volunteered at a camp for children with autism spectrum disorder and their siblings. I have also volunteered and worked in other non-clinical settings with children throughout my life.
I offer individual therapy for children which often includes play therapy or sandtray therapy. When working with young children, I frequently ask caregivers to be in the session with the client to help create a feeling of safety for the child, to enhance the relationship between child and caregiver, and to empower the caregiver to help the child. I offer family therapy with clients of all ages and find it valuable to include family members in sessions to strengthen the entire family unit. I offer parent coaching and support for various concerns in addition to therapy. When working with children it is often useful to coordinate with other providers or people involved in a child’s life so I offer this service as well.
It is most important to me that you feel safe and heard. When we meet you can expect that I will be open and warm. I try to create an environment where clients feel hopeful and encouraged. I also want clients to know that it is okay to have fun in therapy too! Laughter and play are powerful so we pull these into our work together. I encourage clients to be actively engaged in the therapy process including working together to identify what we would like to see improve. I see my role as a facilitator and guide in your work toward your goals. I want to empower caregivers to support their children and feel like they are equipped to handle future challenges.
I work with all ages but specialize in children from birth through age 12.