I believe we were born with unique gifts and talents, and self-love and acceptance that serve us to grow and thrive in life. Our self-concept, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by generational, family, and cultural values and beliefs. When these values and beliefs do not align with one’s authentic self and/or are perceived as negative, abusive, or dysfunctional, children “adapt” their thoughts, feelings, and behavior to function in their environment and to get their needs met. These “adaptations” are often perceived as negative, disconnect us from our authentic self, and cause conflict in our relationship with ourselves and others.
I offer an unconditional accepting, non-judgmental space for you to address, explore, and resolve the issues you came to therapy with. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, relational, strength-based, and solution focused. I believe everyone has the innate wisdom and capacity to address the issues they came to therapy with, and it is my role to empower you to identify and access your strengths, your goals, and “adaptations” to being your authentic self. I follow your lead in addressing the issues that are important to you. We, in collaboration, will create your treatment plan/goals to address your individual and/or family needs.
I utilize treatment modalities of psychoeducation, family systems, cognitive-behavioral therapy, expressive arts, movement therapy, motivational interviewing, mind-body connection, and mindfulness practices. In addition, for children, I utilize Play Therapy, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. (TF-CBT). Play therapy allows children to speak freely and safely through toys and play themes, while learning ways to regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behavior and to develop coping skills. TF-CBT is an evidenced based treatment to help children and adolescents recover after experiencing trauma.
Psychological Evaluation & Psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and women.
I have specialized training in childhood developmental stages, trauma, shame, child abuse and neglect, divorce, grief and loss, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual and developmental disabilities, navigating the school systems/Individual Education Plans for special needs children, substance use disorders, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, anger management, stress management, adult children of alcoholics/dysfunctional families, co-dependency, and toxic relationships.
Education & Experience
For 31 years, I have served children, adolescents, individuals, and families in both the public and private sectors.
1991-Bachelor of Arts Degree/Washington State University
2003-Master of Social Work Degree/University of Washington
2017-Licensed with the Department of Health: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work
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