I'm a Licensed Therapist in the states of Washington, Utah, and Arizona. I have 35 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families.
I lived and worked in Seattle for many years. In 2016 I moved to southern Utah for the mountains and red rocks I love. My move was in early planning toward an eventual retirement. I'm not ready to retire! Years ago I chose to be of service and I'm grateful I did that. I have a deep respect for personal struggles. I also have great confidence in the therapeutic process based on the transformations I've witnessed in the lives of the men, women, and young people with whom I've been privileged to work.
I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, complex trauma, PTSD, stress disorders, addiction recovery, relationships, blended family issues, extended family issues, and the treatment of postpartum depression. My style is active and direct. I have experience working with high-functioning corporate professionals, artists, college students, people who have been in therapy for years but seek a more natural and integrative approach. I have clients who are therapists themselves. I also work with people new to therapy who wish to build a more solid foundation for their emotional health. The heart of what I do is create and protect the space for clients to address personal issues and whatever barriers are keeping them from moving forward in life.
I'm trained in trauma-informed, evidence-based approaches. I use Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, MBCT, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I've taught the MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn's 'Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction' course. It's one of the best tools and I integrate elements of it when applicable. It's effective in working with anxiety as well as targeting the very roots of addictive behaviors. I tailor the work and our dialog to create a treatment plan to meet your specific needs. I weave an element of psych/education throughout the work because I believe this will help you apply what we are talking about in sessions and empower you to create the most effective and lasting changes you're seeking.
As a therapist I draw not only on my education, but also on my life experiences as a woman, a daughter, a sister, a wife, and a mother. I am by nature interested in the world around me and continue to educate myself both formally and informally. In 1993, I began practicing Vipassana meditation, a form of sitting/walking meditation. This continues to support me personally and has informed my work over the years.
I advocate living life with integrity and compassion. Change is hard. Most of us resist change for fear of what's unknown in the future. I understand it takes courage to reach out for help. If you decide to work with me, bring your grit and your honesty, and most importantly a strong commitment to yourself. I'm here to help.
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