Before becoming a therapist, I worked for twenty years in higher education — earning a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, teaching literature and cultural studies, running writing programs and labs, and editing academic writing.
During a period of personal and professional upheaval, I noticed that the most rewarding part of my work was mentoring students and faculty, listening to personal struggles, and helping people identify and refine their strengths. I realized I had always been interested in how we think, enjoyed reading Psychology books, and even wrote a dissertation all about the cultural aspects of emotion. It soon became clear to me that being a therapist would be a better fit for my personality and interests.
I received my MA in Psychology from Antioch University and have worked in the mental health field at a day-treatment facility for youth in Portland, Oregon, and at New Beginnings, a domestic violence agency here in Seattle.
I have additional training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-centered approach to therapy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology, which relies on clinical evidence to support a whole-person approach to integration and healing on a neurological level. I am also a Buddhist and bring mindfulness practices and a philosophy of compassion into my daily life and work.
I love the work of therapy. It is fascinating and rewarding to witness a client face their fears, realize their strengths, and identify their desires. I feel incredibly honored to accompany my clients on their individual journeys of self-discovery and profound healing. It is, in fact, my deep pleasure to watch you bloom.