I completed my counseling degree in 2000 and I approach the therapy relationship with respect, warmth, and curiosity to create a safe space.
Counselor in Seattle, WA
As a therapist I want you to be open to discuss whatever aspects of your personal life are important to you. Members of non-traditional communities can face hurdles and you may run into biases when seeking support. Working with a compassionate counselor well-versed in your specific needs can be vital for mental health.
Every relationship is different and has a unique dynamic. My experience with polyamorous and open relationships helps inform my perspective of working with you and members of you personal circle no matter how big it is, nor which genders it is comprised of.
Through Narrative Therapy we use the story of your own life to find the pathway to healing. You are the expert in your own life. The stories of how you have handled challenges and obstacles are the key to what has shaped you into the person you are. We will use your strengths to develop skills to help you better navigate the challenges you currently face.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a structured form of talk therapy based in evidence of what has worked for many people dealing with a common issue. I will tailor fit your therapy to meet your needs. We will look at concerns you have or issues that have surfaced, find tools and techniques to help you deal with them, and practice these skills together. Through this practice we become better able to manage life stressors and move towards living a life in which we are more content.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy comes from the perspective of accepting yourself for who you are with out shame or judgment. This is particular important for people from marginalized populations. I want to help you live a healthy and emotionally rich life and by accepting yourself and healing old wounds you can begin to grow toward becoming the person you want to be.
I have been an active member of the LGBTQ+ community since coming out at age 18. I know what it is like to struggle with sexual identity and to find one's place in a community. Whether you're newly out or have been open about your sexuality for years, I understand the path that you are on. I identify as non-binary and have been involved with sexual identity politics throughout my adult life. I want to help you feel comfortable in your life and honor your true self.
Many people deal with depression. For some it is chronic and others it comes on during stressful times of life. When we suffer from depression it is like wearing a heavy coat on a hot day and we cannot take it off. It just makes everything that much harder to do. If you suffer from depression I can help you identify tools and activities to help lift that heavy coat from your day to day life.
At any given time up to 40% of adult Americans struggle with Anxiety. It can take a toll on your everyday life activities. I use evidence based practices to help you find a calm center, look for the route of your anxiety, identify anxiety triggers, and develop skills to reduce things that make you anxious.