Our personal stories reveal our beliefs about who we are, how we have been hurt, and how we long for healing. The therapy relationship explores formational stories with curiosity, delight, and honor. My hope is that you will cultivate more meaningful and redemptive relationships with yourself and others. I believe that a healthy, whole, and fulfilling relationship with our Creator and ourselves is the first step toward quality relationships with others.
Areas of Focus
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Children (5-12)
- Adolescents (13-18)
- Women’s issues
- Pre- and postpartum issues
- Disordered eating and body image issues
- Relationship issues
- Shame and self-contempt
- Building resiliency
- Spiritual concerns and cultivation
Formal Education and Training
I am currently a graduate student at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. My education has included Narrative Therapy, Psychopathology, Chronic Shame, Multicultural Issues, Relational Psychodynamics, Interpersonal Therapy, Attachment Issues, Marriage and Family Therapy, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Bodywork, and more. I also have specific training in Story Workshopping, which engages creative writing to explore significant, impactful life events.
Philosophies and Techniques
My approach to therapy is rooted in Attachment Theory and Relational Psychodynamics. This means that our early relationships with our families of origin create the foundation for how we relate to ourselves and others in the present. While I will hold our therapy goal(s), I believe that only you are the expert in you! Together, I hope to create a collaborative space to explore the fullness of your story – emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. I will pay special attention to the following: family of origin; style(s) of relating; stories of trauma and harm; affect (feeling) and emotions that arise; and internal scripts. Throughout our time, I invite you to pay attention to your mind and body – whether that’s a question, feeling, resistance, sensation, or idea. I encourage you to ask questions about me, our goals, and our time together. My specific techniques include story-writing, play therapy, evidence-based treatments (DBT, CBT, EFT), somatic therapy (body work), and mindfulness.
I am a wife and mother to four children. I enjoy reading; being outside; decorating and organizing; spending time with good friends; and engaging any stories I can get my hands on through books, plays, and films. I grew up in San Diego, CA; Cadiz, Spain; and Poulsbo, WA.
My current fee for services is $70 per session (individual) or $80 per session (for two or more people). I offer a limited number of reduced rate options for couples and family counseling for those who are facing financial hardship.