Education and Work Experience
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 1992 as well as a Master of Arts degree in Psychology (with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis) from the University of the Pacific in 1997.
I have nearly 20 years of clinical experience, having worked in mostly outpatient behavioral health settings. My experience has primarily been with middle-aged adults and adults 55+. In addition to my practice, I have a long established career in the community mental health field. I have been employed at Sound (formerly Sound Mental Health) as a Clinical Supervisor since April 2002. Specifically, I oversee the Older Adult Services Program in Seattle, serving mostly low-income, chronically mentally ill clients, ages 60+.
Skills and Qualifications
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH #00009904) in the State of Washington, a Mental Health Professional (MHP), and a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist (GMHS) per the Washington Administrative Code (WAC). I am very well-versed in many areas of clinical expertise, such as assessment, case management, case consultation, treatment planning, acute crisis management and stabilization, and voluntary/involuntary hospitalizations. I have also been a WA state approved clinical supervisor for the past 8 years, providing clinical supervision and professional development to pre-licensure clinicians, interns, and externs.
Therapeutic Orientation and Approach
I am a client-centered therapist, which essentially means I view clients as the true experts on their lives. Clients often have the inner strength and motivation needed to make such improvements upon their lives. I have a rather eclectic approach in working with clients. As every client’s circumstances is unique, I don’t necessarily subscribe to one modality of treatment or therapeutic orientation. Rather, I recognize and appreciate everyone’s unique experiences and as I get to know each client and learn about what is important and meaningful to that client, I am better able to tailor my approach to ultimately work with individual strengths. That said, I will often use some combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, solution focused therapy, and strength-based approach in working with my clients. Much of my work also is rooted in attachment and feminist theory with a strong social justice and anti-oppression focus. Clients often appreciate that I often bring compassion, thoughtfulness, and resourcefulness into my approach.
I am a member in good standing with the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) and Seattle Counselors Association (SCA).
Interests and Hobbies
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my dear family, catching up with friends, eating, cooking, baking, reading, enjoying the local arts scene, watching indie films and documentaries, playing Scrabble, tennis, traveling, hiking, camping, and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.