I received a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto in Canada and a Bachelors Degree in Social Welfare from the University of Washington.
I have been a counselor and therapist for over twenty-five years.
I specialize in counseling individuals with emotional problems such as stress, depression and anxiety. I also work with people experiencing life transitions like marriage, divorce, new babies, career transitions, grief and loss and difficulties at work.
I assist clients who are adult children of alcoholics, those dealing with co-dependency issues, survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse and individuals dealing with recovery from drugs or alcohol.
I am a certified employee assistance counselor and have worked with both employers and employees regarding workplace issues and job difficulties. I also provide coaching services related to retirement, life transitions and career issues. Coaching services are not covered under insurance.
I use an eclectic approach to counseling, meaning that I use a variety of techniques to help clients reach their goals. I use cognitive behavioral techniques; a systems approach which looks at the person’s family of origin and the various other systems in their life, family, relationship, job and community. I also use some solution focused techniques, to help you look at what is working in your life and building upon those positive areas of strength.
I am an interactive therapist, I engage in a conversation with you as part of the therapeutic process. I usually set up a specific directive approach based upon your needs and I will sometimes assign homework or other exercises, to help you progress to a desired outcome. Other times, it can be very valuable to just be there to support you and to listen.
I am also a Certified Brain Health Coach with the Amen Clinics. Brain Based Health Coaching can help with anxiety, mood disorders or memory.