My Approach and background

My approach is warm, supportive and authentic. I’m looking for your aliveness, your spark of joy, and those places where you are ‘leaning’ toward something new and different. I’m also tracking for those places you get stuck and need some assistance. I’m curious: What makes you unique, what about you and I in the room is familiar or different, and what feels deeply meaningful to you?

My therapeutic orientation is holistic and deeply rooted in mindfulness and present moment experience. Our ‘now’ is significantly informed by our past and our environmental systems, so we will also look at how your closest people have impacted your being-ness. A social justice focus will help us explore the broader social systems and how you live in and are shaped by those.

Professional Training and Certifications:

  • M.A. Somatic Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

  • Hakomi: An experiential and mindfulness-based approach to Somatic Psychotherapy. Hakomi Institute of California, 2014-present.

  • Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS): A therapy that focuses on “re-empowering our ability to live from an undivided state of Selfhood in relationship with others”. 2016-present

  • Psycho-Physical Therapy: A heart-centered and resource-based approach to therapy that centralizes the body (posture, gesture, movement, touch) in assessment and therapeutic interventions. 2013/2014 and Couples training in 2015

  • Prepare/Enrich Facilitator: An evidence-based Premarital and Marriage assessment tool

  • B.A. in Art History from the University of Washington (1997)

  • Ongoing professional and personal growth via classes, trainings, individual study, and consultation with colleagues.

 

I have personal experience working with depression, anxiety, career changes, divorce, relationship loss and grieving, and the struggle to reconnect with one’s creative source. I am LGBTQ friendly and am intimately familiar with some of the issues of discrimination and internalized shame facing people who aren't welcomed by their environment in the way they should be. In addition to my work as a therapist, I spend time reading neuroscience and trauma literature, hiking and mushroom hunting, yoga/meditation, making art and taking pictures. Past work has included 18+ years in the custom home-building industry and caregiving for the elderly with early Alzheimers.