If life has become hard, counseling is a great opportunity to get some help and support. I am trained in many therapeutic models and have been influenced deeply by family systems work, solution focused therapy and strengths based social work practice. Currently my practice is influenced by and focused on Somatic Experiencing®. SE is a body-based, naturalistic approach to the healing of anxiety and trauma. SE helps the client’s nervous system balance and regulate itself, bringing the body’s natural processes online and providing relief for symptoms of trauma and anxiety.
My professional background includes providing case management and counseling services to children and families involved in the foster care system for over thirteen years. I have worked as a therapist with individuals, couples, and families since 2004. I completed a three year training in Somatic Experiencing in 2015. I have also completed training in Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain (www.somaticpractice.net)
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State, as well as a Child Mental Health Specialist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). I am also an approved supervisor in Washington State for therapists who are accruing hours towards licensure. I earned my Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science/Systems Counseling from Bastyr University’s Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) in 2003. I am a member of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and the United States Association for Body Pyschotherapy.
I teach and study martial arts at Seattle School of Aikido and am a second degree black belt in Aikido and a fourth degree black belt in Shinto Ryu Iai Battojutsu, a Japanese Sword art.