I work with children, teens, and college students around issues related to anxiety, school-related stress, perfectionism, peer relationships, self-esteem, body image, family transitions, grief and loss, and cancer. Clients and their families seek out my help in navigating stressors and developing healthy coping skills.
My Background and Approach
Before opening my private practice, I spent ten years working as a school counselor. I've worked in elementary, middle, and high schools and I also serve on the adjunct teaching faculty at Seattle University. Recognizing that each client is unique, I tailor my approach to fit that particular client. I use an integrative approach often incorporating strategies from child-centered play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. I believe in my clients' strengths and often ask you to draw on your strengths when creating goals. My style is authentic, curious, and supportive. I'm a member of the Association for Play Therapy, American School Counselor Association, and the American Counseling Association.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
When I'm not seeing clients, you can find me at the library or bookstore looking through the shelves of children's books. I believe that children should see themselves in the characters of the books they read and thus I advocate for more diverse books in our schools, libraries, and bookstores. I wrote a children's book called "All Families Invited" because I wanted to celebrate all types of families and encourage more inclusive communication amongst school communities.