I have had the blessing of working with children and families for the last 15 years as an educator, social worker and counselor.
I’ve worked with children and families involved in the foster care system, provided counseling to children at school and with their families at home, provided counseling to children and families who have experienced and survived traumatic events, and I’ve worked at an acute care hospital providing in-patient behavioral health services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
I’ve seen first-hand how trauma can affect a child’s overall development and how those traumas can follow them into adulthood unless treated. I have experience treating children from the ages of 4-18 experiencing symptoms of Attachment Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Depression, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (OSD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and children with various developmental disorders. My experience involves working with children individually, working with children in same-aged peer groups, and working with children and their families together.
Psychological Evaluation & Psychotherapy
Experience & Education
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Education at Western Washington University in 2006. I then earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011. I became a Child Mental Health Specialist with the State of Washington in 2016. The next year I sat for my clinical exam and became a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in 2017. I have been licensed as a clinical social worker in the State of Washington since that time.
As a social worker for the State of WA, I was employed as an Indian Child Welfare Social Worker. Over the course of four years, I worked with children and families involved in the foster care system. I also worked as a school-based therapist with Kitsap Mental Health Services for several years; and was able to offer counseling to children and their families in our local elementary schools. I then worked as a child and family therapist at the Kitsap Sexual Assault Center and provided counseling to children who had experienced and survived traumatic events. I most recently served our community at St. Michael Medical Center as a hospital based social worker during the Covid-19 pandemic. I split my time between the Intensive Care/Covid Unit and the Behavioral Health Unit. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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