I am a licensed mental health counselor as well as a registered art therapist. You can learn more about my practice and specialties here, including more detail on my work with Tweens, Teens, and Adults.
I have an open and transparent approach with my clients, and I share up front that I know anxiety and trauma personally and professionally inside and out. I myself was first diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress at age 12 and started counseling at that time. This personal experience with mental health struggles—along with my education, extensive training, and ongoing professional exploration—has given me powerful insight and empathy into the process of healing and coping with mental health issues and illness. We need to stop the stigma of mental health treatment, as so many believe they must suffer alone. But you are not alone in your struggles, and there are ways to cope and heal.
I have worked in mental health in many capacities for over 15 years and have been in private practice in West Seattle since 2012. Below you will find more on my professional resume and some of my art. My clients often tell me that they feel I genuinely care about them and my work as a therapist, and it is true. I bring curiosity, warmth, creativity, and humor to the room as well as depth, compassion, and wisdom of experience. You might get a feel for me and my work by listening to a recent podcast I did on self-care.
A little about me personally: I am a self -proclaimed nerd who loves to learn new stuff all the time, especially the latest neurobiological and developmental research. I have been a practicing Buddhist since 2005 and engage in mindfulness and meditation daily. I am also passionate about issues of social justice, feminism, and the environment. I enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, art and jewelry making, hiking, and yoga. I am also a sailboat captain who races and cruises the Puget Sound, lives on a little sloop I refitted myself, and sometimes wish I were a mermaid.
Below is a slideshow of some of my own personal art. I have always used art as a way to cope with and explore my own life and experiences. I continue to make art as a way to soothe and express my emotions, and I am passionate about sharing that process with others so they can find their own voice. I think of myself as a mixed media artist, although paint and ink are my oldest friends.