As a proud graduate from Gonzaga’s Marriage and Family Counseling Program, I practice as a family therapist. It’s not about the age, but about the relationships. As I work through an attachment theory lens, I focus on development of your sense of self, relationship with others, and connection, connection, connection. When you feel lost, lonely, or disconnected, that increases feelings of anxiety and depression. I believe we develop a sense of who we are through interactions and experiences with others. I love working with children through art, play, and talk therapies. I work with adolescents to help them understand their values, experiences, and identities. I join parents in their search to parent lovingly and bond. I connect with couples and guide them to turn towards one another, rather than away. (Though sometimes, turning away is what’s right for the couple, and I help them do so with compassion and respect). My work with you will focus on emotions: identifying, clarifying, understanding, sharing, expressing, and feeling….I often hear, “I don’t do emotions,” but then I find they go there, and they feel surprised, relief, and…better.
As I have worked with many clients ranging from age 4 to 70, I have learned that it always comes back to relationships and connection. My clients teach me about life and experiences every day and I am honored to be trusted with their life stories. The thread that connects each one, is the need for love. I started this practice to continue hearing life stories, assist in healing, and to commit to life-long learning from both you and research. I am passionate about mental health and am dedicated to ongoing research, learning, and trainings to be the best I can be for both myself and you. What I offer you is compassion, empathy, interest, curiosity, care, research led interventions, partnership, collaboration, safety, non-judgment, and honesty.
We are unique, and yet we all need the same things. Come see me, tell me your story, and let’s connect.