EDUCATION & TRAINING
Training: I have extensive professional experience working with both adults and children/adolescents/families in therapy. I am deeply committed to providing effective treatment to individuals and families regardless of race, ethnicity, spiritual/religious identification, gender, age or sexual orientation. I continue to pursue ongoing post-graduate training on topics related to cultural competency.
I worked full-time for over five years as a crisis therapist for children and families in Washington state, treating adolescents and children with severe attachment disruptions, emotion dysregulation, behavioral problems, substance abuse, self-harm, depression, anxiety and suicidality.
A specialty in my practice is working with individuals seeking healing from past trauma. This could be childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, combat, loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship. Sometimes, this means the trauma of growing up in a highly dysfunctional or narcissistic family system, or the trauma of early attachment disruption.
I have completed Level II training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based therapy proven effective in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and phobias. I often utilize EMDR with clients wanting to address specific traumatic memories or paralyzing fears.
Education: I graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2010 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Trinity Western University in 2006. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado (#0013123) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington (#LH60336410).
I am a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (www.isst-d.org) and EMDRIA (www.emdria.org) and am deeply committed to my continued education in the field.