Welcome! I’ve been working in mental health since 2014 and am a Licensed Associate Independent Clinical Social Worker (LSWAIC). I became a psychotherapist because I believe each individual has the power to create meaningful change in their own life. I recognize that the path to a deeper understanding of ones self can be challenging. This is why I’m here, to walk with you, you don’t have to do this alone. I use a relational style with a focus on attachment. I believe that our early first relationships and life experiences have lasting impacts on us throughout our life span. Through learning and practicing new ways of relating to ourselves and others we can alter how these experiences effect us. Because I don’t believe that one type of therapy fits all, I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. I received my Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. I enjoy working with adults of all ages. My previous experience includes working in community mental health where I provided psychotherapy and substance use disorder recovery services. I’ve worked extensively with family caregivers in the Family Caregiver Support Program, where I supported and counseled people facing the challenges of caring for sick or elderly loved ones. I’ve also worked in crisis services, behavioral health and in home family therapy services.
My post graduate training and education is focused on psychoanalytic theory and psychodynamic technique. Specifically I am influenced by the work of Jacques Lacan and Melanie Klein. I currently serve as co-chair of the Education Committee for the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, a reviewer for the Clinical Social Work Journal and a member of the American Psychological Association Division 39 Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Study.
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