After more than twenty years as a marketer and communications specialist in entertainment and technology, I wanted a change. In 2009 I started school (again) and in 2014 I completed a master’s level program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle, while working full time. In 2016 I transitioned to my second career as a full time Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Washington (#LF60709224).
I am very often happily married, an oldest child, a former Alaskan, a book hoarder, and an outgoing introvert.
My approach in therapy is influenced largely by research.
The Gottman Institute based in Seattle Washington, has a research history with couples and relationships spanning more than 40 years, and many of the findings seem undeniable. I will share these findings with you, where applicable.
Research on human neurobiology and behavior also figures prominently in my approach. This is essentially understanding how the brain works, in concert with what we do. Boosting awareness about how things work in your relationships is one of the first steps in making decisions about change.
In addition, I draw from other useful therapy models for an integrated and customized approach to our work including:
* Systems theory which conceptualizes individuals in the context of their surrounding systems.
* Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness as practical approaches to shifting thoughts and behaviors.
* Differentiation theory – the practice of managing the natural tension that occurs, between individuality and togetherness.
I am a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a certified Discernment Counselor through the Doherty Relationship Institute. I am also currently training with a team of Gestalt therapists and integrate Gestalt therapy in my practice.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Bachelor of Arts, Media Arts - University of Arizona (1991)
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy, Antioch University (2014)
Level 1 and Level 2 Training - The Gottman Institute (2015)
Discernment Counseling Certification, Doherty Relationship Institute (2017)
I spent 25 years working in the private sector and count my time at Warner Bros. Studios, Fed Ex Office, several tech startups and Microsoft among some of the best growth experiences in my former career. My background provides me with a unique perspective on work related joys and challenges that I share with my clients.
As a therapist, my experience has included an internship at Youth Eastside Services, a crisis line advocate with LifeWire and time at three separate group practices in Seattle and Bothell. I currently have my own private practice in Bellevue.
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