Renee received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. She holds a WA State Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License, Lic # SC60509033. She will be under supervision by Jeffrey Weist, LICSW. Renee is also a member of the National Association of Social Work. She has been working with children, youth, individuals and families in non-profit, health-care, military and educational settings throughout her career.
Renee’s focus is strengths centered using an eclectic approach tailored to fit the unique needs of each new client, as there is no “one-size fits all”. She believes that change occurs when people are given the guidance they need to draw upon their own strengths and realize their potential to live happy fulfilling lives. She provides an environment of compassion and support to assist families and individuals in overcoming obstacles where they can move forward and thrive.
Renee works with children ages 3 and older using non-directive experiential play therapy. Play is the language that allows children to tell their story in a non-threatening way. When working with children she typically involves members of the family.
She also works with adolescents, young adults, LGBTQ, and older adults. The approach taken is to focus on strengths and help work towards solutions in one’s life. This is accomplished through multiple modalities, which include mindfulness, client education and insight, solution focused therapy, and family systems therapy.
Renee is also a Master Trainer for LivingWorks, and teaches ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) at Highline Community College. She also provides case management in the health-care setting.