I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University with primary emphasis on Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. I am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#LH00006918). My experience includes working with adults, children and families in a range of areas.
Psychotherapy is a process by which a therapist assists you or your family in understanding beliefs, feelings, thoughts, and relationships that are areas of concern, gaining insights into human behavior and gaining new information and applying it to enrich and enhance your everyday life. To facilitate this process, it is important for you to set specific therapeutic goals, which will serve to focus our work together. While I can assist you, you must set your goals for therapy in order for them to be effective.
Each individual is unique and it is my responsibility to tailor treatment to your specific circumstances. At the same time, you are responsible for your decisions, how you make use of the services that I provide, and for making changes in your life. I believe that you bring strengths, experiences, and resources with you that can be invaluable in assisting you to reach your goals, and I will work with you to make use of them.
My treatment methods include but are not limited to client education and insight, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation and guided imagery, behavioral therapy, and family systems therapy. The delivery of these methods is accomplished via individual, couples, family and play therapy. At times, I may provide home assignments such as journal writing, reading or other tasks outside the therapy session.
The length of time that individuals and families participate in therapy varies with the extent and type of issues that need to be addressed, and the speed in which individuals and families are able to effect change and/or resolve issues. In light of this, it is not possible for me to determine the length of the therapy at the beginning of the process. It is also not possible for me to determine which methods may be most effective or what specific results you may attain at the beginning of therapy. Instead, we will maintain and ongoing dialogue as to the progress and outcomes of your treatment.
I see children, adolescents, individual adults, couples and families with a wide range of concerns including: Mood disorders, Anxiety, Grief and loss, Parenting, Traumatic stress, Divorce domestic violence, Infertility issues, Adoption and foster care, Mental health issues resulting from chronic medical conditions.