I consider the decision to enter counseling a courageous endeavor to seek fullness of life for oneself, no matter one’s issue of concern, state of mind, or previous experience. It is my great honor, sacred responsibility, and deep joy to be the person someone chooses to do this work with.
I view my role primarily as offering a carefully focused presence and attention through which a unique relational space is formed that enables a person to realize change organically at the deepest levels of their selfhood, experience, relationships, and way of being in the world.
We all carry difficult and painful experiences within us that have had destructive, alienating, and impairing effects on our being, especially on our relationship with ourselves and others. The earlier and more severe these experiences are, and the more alone we are in them, the greater their impact. Without the caring, wise, and reliable support of others to work through these experiences and use them for our growth, these destructive effects often compound over time as we attempt to cope on our own, especially as coping responses form patterns over time that only compound the impact.
Counseling is an opportunity to find the support you have been missing so that you can work through your experience and find not only relief, but the goodness you have been unable to access in yourself, in relationship with others, and in the particular place you inhabit in the world.
I work with adults, teens, and couples. Some of the most commonly identified issues facing people I work with are mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar; trauma and abuse, especially as related to family of origin; struggles of identity, such as related to sexuality and gender; relationship patterns, such as in intimate partnerships as well as general social isolation and inhibition; and struggles concerning occupation and vocation.
My approach is broadly psychodynamic and interpersonal, and focuses on implicit affective/somatic and relational processes and contextual enactment of personality structures and relational schemas.
I hold an MA in Counseling Psychology and an LMHCA license in the state of Washington.
My fee is $120 per 50-minute session. Depending on financial need, I can offer a reduced fee for a limited number of clients.
Regarding health insurance, I am an out-of-network provider. Clients are solely responsible for their fee and for seeking reimbursement from their insurance company. I can provide service statements and superbills on request.