I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over 20 years. I am amazed at the resilience and vigor of the human spirit. I have worked with clients from 2 to 92 and I am amazed at what obstacles and barriers my clients have overcome. I am consistently amazed at how they have chosen to and managed to thrive amidst histories of trauma and hardship.
My philosophy is to start with a strength-based approach to providing therapy or coaching. I also believe in using good old-fashioned reflective listening with a strong element of emotional support when working with clients. Addition to this I have put together the best of the best of the classic therapy approaches: psychoanalysis, Jungian Shadow work, gestalt therapy, reality therapy-Along with some of the newer techniques: brief solution therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and engaging coaching approach is to help clients understand themselves, heal old wounds, and set a plan for the future to reach Goals to help go from surviving to thriving. I am a specialist in dialectical behavioral therapy – I have trained with Marsha Lenehan at the University of Washington to learn the best clinical skills to serve you. I have also trained with Vann Joines PhD in mastering the art of treating personality disorders and personality adaptations.
My style is very open warm welcoming and playful. I engage clients Using creative approaches – art, music, and Humour (even a dash of a reference at times). Balance that with workbooks, assignments, and a good smattering of teaching skills to manage life.
I enjoy working with youth, teens, young adults, couples, individuals, and coaching clients (executive coaching, team building and leadership development), and also Provide clinical supervision for new clinicians in the field of behavioral health.