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 outpatient community behavioral health settings. My experience has primarily been with adults of all ages and adults 55+.
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 10 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. ]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 an individual’s needs and strengths. That said, I will often evidence-based practices, including cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, interpersonal therapy, solution focused therapy, and strength-based approach in working with my clients. I also help clients examine the important relationships in their lives to see how they contribute to one’s pain or healing. Most importantly, I place high value on providing treatment that is culturally sensitive/relevant. As a woman of color provider, much of my work also is often rooted in social justice and anti-oppression values. Clients often appreciate that I often bring compassion, thoughtfulness, and resourcefulness into my approach.
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.