About Me

I began working in the mental health field in 1988 when I started teaching independent living skills at a community mental health center in Seattle.  After settling into the job, I realized how much I enjoyed working in mental health. I have worked as a Case Manager, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist, Staff Therapist, Team Lead and Clinical Director.

After 15 years in community mental health, I moved to full-time private practice in 2003.  I have been interested in how we divert ourselves away from intense feelings, uncomfortable thoughts and difficult relational interactions.  For several years now, I have been studying the nuances of emotional and relational skill development.

I am acutely aware of the multiple aspects of communication:  facial gestures, volume of voice, tone of voice, language, words, posture, thinking patterns, etc.  I like to develop understandings of these processes when I work with individuals and couples by formulating hypotheses of what I think might be going on.  When we discuss these ideas, we can begin to pinpoint the emotional, relational and psychological issues we are addressing.

I began advanced training in group psychotherapy in 2006 by enrolling in the Weekend Training Program at the Center for Group Studies in New York and I completed the certificate program at the Center in 2011.  I am currently working on program development for the Center’s international program.  I have trained group therapists in Colombia, Russia, Spain and the United States.

Credentials:

National Certified Counselor
National Board for Certified Counselors

Certificate of Modern Group Leadership
Center for Group Studies, New York

Certified Group Psychotherapist
International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, New York

Education:

M.A., Bastyr University, Applied Behavioral Science, 1998

Diploma Certificado, Curso General de Lengua y Cultura Españolas
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1994

B.A., University of Notre Dame, Economics, 1987