I am a Licensed Therapist with 30 years of clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. I lived and worked in Seattle for 28 years and in 2016 I moved to southern Utah for the landscapes and the red rocks I love. My move was planning toward retirement, but I'm not ready to retire! I love the work I do. 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.
Most of my clients are high-functioning professionals, first responders, healthcare workers, people who have been in therapy before but seek a more natural, integrative approach. Many of my clients are therapists themselves. I also work with people new to therapy who seek to build a more solid foundation for their emotional health. The heart of what I do is create the space for clients to address the personal issues that are impacting them and may be barriers that keep them from moving forward in life.
I'm an experiential therapist and use evidence-based approaches including IFS, Rational-Emotive and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. In Seattle I taught the MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn's 'Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction' course. It's one of the best practices and I'll integrate elements of it when appropriate as it's extremely effective in learning how to regulate emotions, work with anxiety, address and integrate past trauma, as well as targeting the very roots of addictive behaviors. I weave psych/education throughout our work because I believe this empowers 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, a Buddhist form of sitting/walking meditation which 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 wish to work with me bring your grit and your honesty, and most importantly a strong commitment to yourselves. I'm here to help.