I have been working in mental health for over 15 years, helping individuals and families meet their goals and live more meaningful lives. My career began working in an adult outpatient mental health clinic providing therapy. I then worked as a therapist and Assistant Clinical Director for an adolescent day treatment program providing individual, group and family therapy. I also worked as an in-home family therapist as well as supervised a team of family therapists. During my time as a Functional Family Therapist, I received over 100-hours of supervised training in an externship that included videotaped sessions and live supervisor and peer feedback. This was an invaluable learning experience for me in building my confidence as a therapist. I also worked over seven years in a psychiatric emergency setting where I evaluated and cared for patients in crisis.
During my career, I have helped people with a variety of struggles ranging from grief, trauma, addiction, stress, family conflict, severe mental illness and mood disorders. This work included increasing coping skills to decrease anxiety and depression, increasing practices of self-care, building self-esteem, stress management, learning to handle intense emotions, improving communication and having overall better interactions with the people that mean the most in your life. I also work with individuals/providers that have experienced secondary trauma in their work caring for others.
Education: Graduated from Boston College with my Masters of Social Work in 2002.
Licensure: Licensed by the State of Washington Department of Health as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Associations: Current member of National Association of Social Worker (NASW) Current and verified member of Psychology Today