I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker through Washington State Department of Health (License #LW60445724) with over 12 years of clinical experience. I have also held licensure in New York and Michigan. I am approved to provide clinical supervision for clinicians seeking licensure. I am also a Field Instructor for graduate level Social Work students completing their required practicum.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University and Magna Cum Laude with my Master of Social Work degree from University of Michigan. My concentrations included Interpersonal Practice, Management of Human Services, and Aging.
I have worked with diverse populations providing services to older adults with medical and mental health needs, individuals with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia and their caregivers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, children and teens in foster care, families in the process of adoption, individuals with substance use disorders, individuals who have been in violent/abusive relationships, individuals living with trauma, and military Veterans.
I provide therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. My practice interests include Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Stress/Life Transitions, Veterans/Military, LGBTQIA/Sexual Identity, Empowerment and Self-Esteem, Grief and Loss, Caregiver Support, Substance Abuse, and Behavior Modification.
I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Mindfulness, Grief and Loss, Suicide Assessment and Treatment, Exposure Therapy, Post-traumatic Growth, Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Nightmare Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Moral Injury, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Military Sexual Trauma, and LGBTQ+ topics.
I am a General EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is an innovative therapy that uses eye movements to help process traumatic events, anxiety, and negative beliefs about yourself. Eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation seem to activate your problem solving process, something that happens during REM sleep when your eyes are darting back and forth. By focusing on a specific problem, and both its negative and positive emotions, sensations, and beliefs, then adding bilateral stimulation, your brain begins problem solving. Since you are focused on the specific problem, your brain is able to work through it more effectively than if it randomly comes up while you are sleeping.
In my free time, I enjoy reading fiction, planning/organizing, hiking, camping, dancing, yoga, taking photos, playing with my pets (2 dogs and 2 house rabbits), and going on adventures with my husband. I volunteer as an advisor for Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s Global Action Team.