I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington, and a Board Certified Counselor. I received my Master's Degree in Counseling from Seattle University, and completed my graduate internship at Seattle Counseling Service.
The basis of my counseling style is my belief that people are inherently good, and that with support, most people are capable of great change and personal growth. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is one of the most important parts of therapy, and I want to provide empathetic, non-judgmental support as my clients navigate the personal challenges they are experiencing.
I believe that people usually seek counseling because something is causing them emotional or psychological discomfort
or pain, and that counseling can often help determine the cause of that pain and hopefully alleviate it.
Sometimes there are goals for behavior that can be set, or sometimes a change in thought patterns is helpful. I work with each of my clients to help them discover for themselves the best plan of action that is consistent with their goals and values.
I have an integrated theoretical orientation, but I draw primarily from cognitive, psychodynamic, existential, and feminist theory. As a cognitive therapist, I operate from the perspective that it is frequently our thoughts about things that cause suffering in our lives. I use a range of techniques that I believe are most suitable for each person’s needs at a particular time, but I generally attempt to assist my clients with perspective and coping skills which will benefit them no matter what their life circumstances are at any given time.
I provide counseling and support for a number of concerns and life challenges, including:
I have expertise in the following areas:
Individual counseling sessions are 50 minutes in length
Couples sessions are either 50 minutes or 75 minutes
Payment is due at the time of your appointment, and I accept cash, checks and credit cards. I do have a limited number of appointments available on a sliding scale rate based on income; please contact me to discuss this if you believe you qualify.
I am contracted with Premera and Lifewise. For all other insurance plans, payment is due at the time of service, and I am able to provide you with a statement of services to submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement. These charges would be applied to your out-of-network mental health benefits; you will need to contact your insurance company to determine your benefit coverage.
If you are currently in crisis, please call 9-1-1, or the 24-hour King County Crisis Clinic, at 1-866-427-4747
I do my best to respond to messages as quickly as possible, but please be aware that telephone is a quicker way to reach me. Also, e-mail cannot be guaranteed to be confidential, so it is best to contact me via phone if you have sensitive information to relay.
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