I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the State of Washington, with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Psychology from Bastyr University. As part of my Master’s program, I completed a yearlong internship at Providence Transitions where I worked with adults living with chronic and terminal illness who were experiencing a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, a search for meaning and purpose in life, grief and loss, and a fear of death/dying.
I practice from a holistic approach as I believe the mind/body/spirit connection helps guide us to deeper, richer ways of knowing than the mind alone. Just as our physical bodies move toward healing, I believe that our minds and spirits also move toward health after being wounded. I believe in the importance of experiencing challenges through an outward expression of one’s feelings and thoughts while holding compassion and a nonjudgmental view of these feelings. Mindfulness approaches such as practicing non-attachment and compassion for oneself can help with learning how to become aware of your inner world in a nonjudgmental way so you can begin the process of healing the mind/body and spirit. Mindfulness allows an individual to heal by getting back in touch with the world using the senses, slowing down and turning inward.
I use the following therapeutic approaches in my practice:
- Guided imagery