Education and Training: The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology +Masters of Counseling Psychology (2018)
The Allender Center at The Seattle School +Externship (2018) , Apprenticeship (2019), Group Facilitator (present)
Emory University School of Medicine +Masters of Medical Science (2011)
I view therapy primarily as a relationship that grows over time as we explore together the issues in your life that may be causing you distress. Relationships are often the source of our deepest suffering, regret, and pain. And relationships are also often the source of our greatest pleasure, hope, and joy. Therefore, I have found that positive relational experiences are necessary for our fullest healing.
The type of therapeutic approach that you will likely encounter with me is geared towards curiosity, insight, and awareness of motivations and behaviors, rather than specific approaches or skills to change behaviors. While I do believe coping skills are necessary at times, I do not typically approach therapy from a skill-building perspective. My belief is that desired lasting changes in our behavior occur over time and as a result of a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we have known. For this reason, I may not be best suited for those in immediate crisis or who are seeking behavioral interventions.
Using a psychodynamic approach- including object relations, neuroscience, narrative, and attachment theories- my hope is to join you in your pursuit of understanding, healing, and flourishing as we navigate together through the stories of how the relationships and experiences in your life have formed you through the years.
Specializing in trauma-informed therapy for adolescents and adults in West Seattle.