About Me

As long as I can remember, I have had a love and appreciation for those aspects of life which bring us optimal feelings of fulfillment, be it spiritually, emotionally or physically. Beginning in my early baby sitting days, I have held an interest and empathy regarding people’s stories, as well as in the ways families relate to one another.

My entire adult life has been involved working with and assisting people of all ages and backgrounds. In 1989 I received my Masters Degree in Psychology from Antioch University in Seattle, Washington. I then worked from 1990 until 2006 in a small agency serving adults and children from all walks of life, from those who were experiencing a temporary setback, to those who had experienced severe abuse and trauma. Prior to that, I worked with the Seattle Public Schools and the Dept. of Juvenile Parole and Probation in teaching and assisting at risk youth and their families.

I believe that we each have come into this life with inherent strengths and gifts which are uniquely our own.  Due to the overlaying of our thoughts and experiences, we sometimes lose our connection to these aspects of ourselves. My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet the needs of each client, with a focus on the connection between past experiences and current patterns of behavior, thought and feeling. My clients have reported feeling safe, cared about, challenged and supported, and that I bring to our work a nice balance of  professionalism and warmth.

In addition, I have been involved in spiritual practices, such as prayer and meditation for over thirty years.

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