I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LICSWA). I hold a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Psychology from the Evergreen State College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. I have extensive experience providing services to clients and families over the past 10 years, primarily working with older adults and those with disabilities, chronic health conditions, and mental illness. I have a special passion for working with individuals who are family caregivers taking care of a loved one who is aging or disabled, and for providing services around grief, loss and care transitions in the long-term care field.
I offer a calm, compassionate environment where you can speak freely without fear of judgment. Life is not just black and white, it is full of gray, and it is within those gray areas where we will work in collaboration to explore your personal history and experiences, core belief systems and values to bring about a more clear understanding and acceptance of who you are. I believe that healing comes through giving words to feelings, and so it is with this belief that I will help you work towards healing and reconciliation with those in your life, but most importantly with yourself. My hope that is if we work together, I can help you to better manage and overcome depression, anxiety, grief, loss and trauma.
“We have to give up the fantasy that we can change or control another person. It is only then that we can reclaim the power that is truly ours - the power to change our own selves and take a new and different action on our own behalf.” - Harriet Lerner
I utilize a solution-focused approach with an emphasis on how any trauma has impacted your life and led you to your current circumstances. I am a culturally sensitive clinician with a respect for individuals from all different backgrounds, beliefs, value systems, traditions and religions. As a clinical social worker, I am trained to not only see you as a unique individual, but also recognize and treat who you are within the diverse systems within which you live – your family, your friends, community, and larger society. I believe in being direct and upfront with you about solutions which can help mitigate conflict you may be experiencing in your life and bring about increased self-worth and healing.