My Treatment Philosophy
I believe that therapeutic change occurs through a supportive, trusting relationship in which the clients’ strengths are drawn out and highlighted. Within this relationship, I work to empower clients to develop awareness of themselves, their ways of relating, and their unique coping skills in the face of stress and change. As their awareness increases, I support clients in developing healthy ways of expressing and fulfilling their needs and desires.
I believe strongly that clients are the experts in their lives, and that with support, encouragement, and the appropriate tools, they will develop the solutions for their lives.
This work is heavily influenced by a neurobiological approach, weaving attachment, mindfulness and psychodynamic orientations together to create lasting change. My style is very warm, direct and playful.
I have over 20 years of direct service experience supporting people with emotional and behavioral challenges in residential, day treatment and outpatient mental health programs. I am a Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. My continuing education builds on a degree from Portland State University in Clinical Social Work and includes advanced training in neurobiology, attachment, mindfulness, trauma and grief and loss.
I have studied intensively with Stan Tatkin, PsyD having completed all three levels of his PACT Institute training for couples therapy. I continue to train with him individually and with the Seattle PACT community. I assisted Stan and his wife Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin at their Wired For Love Retreat for couples at the Esalen Institute in 2013 and 2015. I provide consultation to beginning PACT trainees.
I have taught as an adjunct faculty member of Washington School of Professional Psychology’s graduate counseling program, as well as in their undergraduate psychology program. I conduct frequent trainings to other professionals around the area.