You’re already walking down the path of wellness. You’re here, reading this, which means you have intentionally taken the necessary steps toward prioritizing your health of both mind and body.
Congrats! I know it's not easy.
A Licensed Professional Here to Guide You
In early 2019, I opened the doors to my practice to patients in the greater Seattle area, after over 10 years in various community mental health settings . Like many, in 2020 I grew to offer state wide services with the help of secure, HIPAA compliant, telehealth platforms, offering clients a wide range of counseling services to help them through life’s challenges and most trying times.
My professional background includes working in various inpatient, outpatient, and supported living settings. In my clinical work I enjoy working with clients with a wide range of challenges including trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and codependency since 2011. I have my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Simmons University as well as a Master’s Certificate in Addiction Studies from Eastern Washington University.
Together we’ll focus on intersections of identities as well as life narratives, feelings of inferiority, mistaken beliefs, and cultivating your innate creativity, social interest and a true sense of belonging. I work from a place that acknowledges my own identity and privileges to help clients address their own identity and role in maintaining or deconstructing systems of oppression.
I value activism and allyship including addressing political issues directly in my work, examining my own assumptions and blind spots, and am working to always increase my awareness of oppression and systemic issues, as a white, cis-gendered, able-bodied, woman who is currently living on Muckleshoot, Duwamish, and Suqamish lands past and present. I honor this land and stand in solidarity with the Pacific Northwest Indigenous communities still facing displacement and systemic injustice. I also acknowledge that this country was built on the forced labor of Africans and African Americans. Black Lives Matter Seattle is a fantastic organization supporting Black Lives in the KC (King County) area. Lavender Rights Project and Wa Na Wari are two other great organizations to support and get more information from.
MSW, LICSW, SUDP
My professional background includes working in various inpatient, outpatient, and supported living settings where I conduct assessments, create treatment plans with interdisciplinary teams, provide resources and support patients and their families through decision making, crisis, conflicts, grief and loss issues. My experience as a social worker has equipped me to work with individuals with a wide range of challenges including trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, life transitions and codependency. Although I do not treat active addiction in private practice, I still welcome those in recovery seeking additional support.
I earned my Masters in Social Work from Simmons University, focusing on Mental Health and Addiction. After continuing to work in the field I then earned my Masters in Addiction Studies from Eastern Washington University so I was able to continue to engage in the intersectionalities of addiction and trauma; really striving to meet each client where they're at. I've found, even if we don't struggle with text book addiction, we all have our own addictions that are worth exploring.
First and foremost, my therapeutic approach is non-judgmental with the goal of building a trusting relationship. Let's face it, therapy is kind of weird, I look forward to meeting you, earning your trust, and working together to create a space where you feel safe enough to explore, grow, and heal.
Clients who experience the greatest amount of success with me are clients who have a healthy capacity to be self-reflective, insightful, a willingness to look at both of their light and shadow sides in an honest and inquisitive way and possess a huge desire for change in their lives. My clients must be willing to put the work in to make that happen even if it feels icky for a bit. My goal is to help to teach you coping skills so that you can handle the ick. I work hard for and with my clients and my expectation is that my clients put in at least an equal amount of effort, otherwise I, simply, am of no value to you.