For over 18 years I have been providing mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and families in the greater Seattle area.
I received my Masters Degree in counseling from Seattle University, and subsequently earned my Doctorate Degree in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. My predoctoral internship was completed at Family Services of King County (now called Wellspring Family Sevices), where I provided psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. During that time I worked as an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University teaching psychotherapy skills to postgraduate students. My postdoctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology was completed through the University of Washington at Child Study and Treatment Center. Additionally, I have completed a two year training and supervision program in child psychotherapy through Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. My license number granted by the state is PY00003916. With regard to involvement in the local mental health community, I hold active memberships with the American Psychological Association, Jungian Psychotherapists Association, COR Northwest Family Development Center, Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Child Psychotherapy Association, Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, and Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Most recently I presented with colleagues a paper on infant mental health at the 2015 Americal Psychoanaytical Association's annual convention in Boston.
Providing psychotherapeutic support for children and adolescents with histories of trauma and neglect has been a particular area of focus throughout my career. I have found that while there are many ways to use the time in therapy with young survivors of trauma (including play therapy, sand tray work, art, and of course, talking), the quality of the relationship, and what happens in the immediacy of this context between myself and him or herself as we sit together, is what's most important. Otherwise stated, I believe that all of the patient's socioemotional difficulties will eventially show in the here and now of our time together; it is in the immediacy of this relational context, and us thinking about what is happening in the moment together, that promotes the richest growth, understanding of meaning, and reflective capacity. I believe this immediately focused mind to mind context, and the reflection it invites through use of play, language, and togetherness, to be a fundamental builder of intrapsychic growth and integration.
This perspective, grounded in both the back and forth flow of the relational context and the here and now of the moment, also carries over into my work with adults. Since the relationship is the thing, a good fit between us in this regard is important. This means that, as we sit together and invite all aspects of you into the room, you feel free to associate whatever diverse state of mind you find yourself in. In this hospitable space that welcomes togetherness, exploration, mental travel, and spontanaeity of thought and emotional expression, emotional conflicts, stagnancies, self defeating behaviors, worries, and other troubles can eventually over time be bound together with the forward momentum of innate internal drives towards growth that reside somewhere within us all. Sometimes a main job of the therapy is to deeply understand what intrapsychically is maintining the stagnancies and conflicts, and how these inverting internal dynamics might be impeding the ancient, innate push towards ongoing emotional and relational growth.