I am a professional mental health counselor associate living and working in Seattle, Washington. I grew up in the Midwest but have lived on the West Coast for several years. I received my undergraduate degree from Luther College, double-majoring in art and psychology. I hold a Master’s Degree from Naropa University in both Transpersonal Counseling and Art Therapy. To me, being a professional means that I am held to rigorous standards by my community and consistently engage in continuing education. I sincerely enjoy this work and hold it with the utmost respect and integrity.
Alongside my private practice in Madison Valley, I work with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse at Shepherd’s Counseling Center in Capitol Hill. I have specific training in the treatment of trauma recovery from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute of Colorado. I have specialized training in the evidence-based treatment of EMDR. As an art therapist, I often weave art-based interventions with my knowledge of working with trauma and the body. I am confident in my ability to integrate several therapeutic models, especially my experience with meditation and Zen philosophy, to bridge the gap between such things as cutting-edge neuroscience and our need to create meaning from suffering.
I hold deep reverence and integrity for the profession of psychotherapy, which is evidenced by the rich texture of relationship I weave with each client. I view therapy as the daily practice of creating space where before there was solidity and constriction. I create a safe environment and attitude of respect for your needs, longings, fears, and goals to surface. I am skilled at creating effective interventions in order to shed light upon childhood learning, habitual patterns, and obstacles to growth. I am able to facilitate meaningful connections between fears and desires, so that you may move closer to the life you envision. I am open-minded and genuinely curious about who you are and honor the uniqueness of each circumstance you encounter. I have personal experience with the challenges and rewards inherent in the therapeutic journey, as well as the strength, intimacy, and feeling of aliveness that can come from fully engaging in the process fully. By upholding my own commitment to self-care through art making, meditation and ritual, contact with the natural world, and conscious relationships, I am able to uphold my commitment to you and our relationship.