Education and Training
I earned a Master of Arts Degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Spanish Literature from UC San Diego. I hold a Certificate in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington, which means I fullfilled the requirement for post-graduate hours for client hours, clinical supervision, and passed a national clinical exam. I regularly attend a variety of professional conferences throughout the year, well exceeding the number of continued education credits I am required to have in order to maintain my license. I seek consultation with colleagues and senior analysts as needed, always upholding client confidentiality. I also have eighteen years of mindfulness meditation practice and yoga practice, which are Eastern methods for self-awareness.
I have been in private practice in Seattle since 2000, working with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked in the human services field for over eighteen years in a number of settings which include, a private boarding high school as the residential counselor working with a multi-cultural population, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Whatcom County as a case manager working with single-parent households, the YMCA of Greater Seattle as a case manager/mental health counselor serving homeless and incarcerated youth and young adults, and at Family Services of King County as a psychotherapist working primarily with professionals in the high-tech industry, their families, and EAP services. I bring a diverse perspective to my work and am committed to deepening my understanding of the human experience. I believe that solid training, a breadth of experience, and one's commitment to one's personal growth are essential ingredients to being a skillful and mature therapist.