I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington state and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. I specialize in counseling with individual adults, adolescents and children (11 and older), couples and families. I am also available for supervision to graduate students and those entering into the field of counseling and psychotherapy and needing individual supervision in Washington.
I started private practice in Puyallup, WA, in 2003. Prior to this time I worked as a Psychotherapist/counselor specializing in children's therapy, primarily working with children who have been traumatized by sexual abuse or other forms of trauma. In my private practice I have broadened my experiences and scope of practice and enjoy working with families, couples, and individuals with a wide array of concerns and challenges, from short-term and solution focused to longer term and more challegenging issues. I no longer provide therapy to children under the age of 11, but continue to work with pre-teens, adolescents, adults, couples and families. My more recent interest have included chronic pain and chronic illnesses and the effects on mental health and well being. I am a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider and enjoy helping my clients identify how food can affect mood, key macro and micronutrients to provide optimal mental health, alternative ways to manage anxiety and depression, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorders, etc and identifying ways to promote general well being. I am happy to consult with you and coordinate with your medical providers. I have recently obtained my license at a professional clinical counselor in California and am building my practice in California and the San Diego area.
I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual, couple or family to help them build on their strengths and attain the growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, Saint Martin's University
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family and Consumer Studies, Central Washington University