Who I Am
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington, and a National Certified Counselor. I received my Master's Degree in Counseling from Seattle University, and completed my graduate internship at Seattle Counseling Service.
I provide counseling and support for a number of concerns and life challenges, including:
- Adjustment issues (coping with life changes)
- Grief and loss
- Domestic violence
- Relationship and communication difficulties
- Chronic illness or pain
I have expertise in the following areas:
- Pet loss
- Friendship loss
- Adult children of alcoholics
- Loss by suicide
- Transition related challenges
- Gender identity / Sexual orientation exploration
- Working with veterans and those in law enforcement
Philosophy of Counseling
I believe that clients usually seek counseling because something is causing them emotional or psychological discomfort or pain, and that the counseling process is useful to determine the cause of that pain and to hopefully alleviate it. Sometimes there are goals for behavior that can be set, or sometimes a change in thought patterns is helpful. I work with each of my clients to help them discover for themselves the best plan of action that is consistent with their goals and values.
I feel strongly that the relationship between the therapist and the client is one of the most important parts of counseling, and that no matter what a person is experiencing, I am contributing to a feeling of being supported.
I have an integrated theoretical orientation, but I draw primarily from cognitive, psychodynamic, existential, and feminist theory. As a cognitive therapist, I operate from the perspective that it is frequently our thoughts about things that cause suffering in our lives. I use a range of techniques that I believe are most suitable for each person’s needs at a particular time, but I generally attempt to assist my clients with perspective and coping skills which will benefit them no matter what their life circumstances are at any given time.
In my personal life, I enjoy photography, acting, singing, gardening, cooking, reading, hiking, and doing volunteer work for wildlife conservation.
appointments / fees
Payment is due at the time of your appointment, and I accept cash, checks and credit cards. I do have a limited number of appointments available on a sliding scale rate based on income; please contact me to discuss this if you believe you qualify.
At this time, I am not able to accept insurance. I am able to provide you with a statement of services to submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement. These charges would be applied to your out-of-network mental health benefits; you will need to contact your insurance company to determine your benefit coverage.
$105 / 50 minute session
$125 / 50 minute session
$150 / 75 minute session
Currently accepting new clients!
Please call to schedule a free initial phone consultation or to set up an appointment
firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 649-7566