I obtained a B.A. in International Political Economy with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. From there, I spent many years in the corporate world, eventually deciding to pursue a lifelong interest in therapy. I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School, a small, psychodynamic, relationally-oriented training program.
I am currently an Assistant Instructor for praxis-oriented courses, Therapy I and II, at The Seattle School, and have also facilitated learning lab courses for future therapists and masters level students.
My therapeutic experience includes a year-long internship at Seattle Therapy Alliance (now MEND), which focuses on providing low-fee therapy for women utilizing a social justice framework. I also worked at an eating disorder recovery clinic that utilizes a relational, HAES (Health at Every Size) approach.
I am a member of the Northwest Alliance of Psychoanalytic Studies (NWAPS), and an affiliate of Northwest Family Life.
I am a licensed mental health counselor associate in the state of Washington (LMHCA, #MC60857837), obtain weekly supervision, and participate in bi-weekly consult groups.
Experience and training:
Coursework in: clinical psychodynamic approach, attachment during human development, interpersonal neurobiology, human sexuality, object relations / psychopathology, relational psychoanalysis, theology / spirituality, couples therapy, group therapy, dreams, sexual abuse / trauma, and practicum and case conference
Social justice and anti-oppression training: including intersectional feminism, issues of race, gender, sexual identity, and HAES (Health at Every Size)
Conferences and continuing education: Bessel van der Kolk, Trauma, Attachment, & Neuroscience; Galit Atlas, The Design of Desire, and Melanie Suchet, Challenges of Subjectivity in Facing the Other; Avedis Panajian, Ph.D., Thoughts About the Therapeutic Relationship
In addition to therapeutic training, I have extensive professional experience, and enjoy working with mid-life transitions related to professional and personal development