Why I Chose This Work
I chose to become a therapist because I have a passion and calling for the work. This work chose me. I owned a flower shop in downtown Seattle for 19 years before realizing that what I enjoyed most about my job was connecting with my clients…through flowers and through words. I witnessed that my personal relationship with my customers and ability to see and understand them and their needs inspired intimacy and healing. Therefore, when I got tired of carrying around heavy buckets of water, I knew it was the right thing for me to go back to school and become a psychotherapist.
My core values are generosity, authenticity and openness. I strive to bring those values to my work and life every day. I also value acceptance. I have yet to meet a perfect person, and it is my belief that only through owning the less perfect parts of ourselves, as well as our strengths, that we can be more fully integrated and forgiving.
What I Bring to My Work
I am hopeful by nature. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t do this work. I have had the opportunity to witness real change and healing in my clients. I am always inspired by them, whether they are 8 or 80. Besides being a working counselor, I am a daughter, a partner and a mother. My own personal experience informs my practice every day. I also like to think that I bring my sense of humor.
Education and Experience
I received my Master’s degree in Systems Counseling from the LIOS College of Saybrook University in 2010 and am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate – LMHCA. In addition to my private practice, I work for Youth Eastside Services as a Youth and Family Counselor and I am a Mentor Coordinator for their SUCCESS Mentoring Program.
I have counseled adults, couples, families of all types and individual youths ages 6 to 18 for the past 3 years. I frequently work with issues of anxiety, depression, identity, self-esteem, attention, grief, trauma, sex-related issues, domestic violence and substance abuse. I have supported clients through the challenges of adolescence, aging, illness, divorce and integration into U.S. culture…as well as the stresses of everyday life and relationships.
By the end you will think — no, you will realize — that it was all the time
words that you yourself, out of your own heart had been saying.
— Mary Oliver