I received my MA in Psychology from Seattle University; while there, I was involved in two research projects investigating dreams and intimacy, subjects which continue to hold my interest. I also studied focusing, a technique that helps clients gain knowledge and healing through exploring a “felt sense,” which I now understand to be the language of the soul. I hold a BA in English Literature from Willamette University as well as an additional MA from University of Oregon in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Film. My involvement in the arts is driven by my interest in the human condition and also informs the spirit of creativity and imagination I bring to my work with clients. I have 13+ years experience working in mental health and social service organizations, including YWCA Pathways Counseling, Navos, Central City Concern, Portland Women’s Crisis Line and CASA of WA. I have completed trainings in Mindful Self-Compassion, CIMBS, the Enneagram, Jungian dreamwork and Thriving as an Empath in Evolutionary Times. I have studied extensively what is means to be a highly-sensitive person, and I have knowledge of the chakra system, meditation and various spiritual perspectives, including Paganism, Shamanism, Buddhism, Sufism and Christianity.
I love exploring nature and the arts, including writing, music, pottery and film. I have a twin sister who also lives in Seattle, and it’s one of my greatest joys to be the “fun aunt” to my nine-year-old niece. I carry with me a deep understanding of and appreciation for what it means to be human, the joy and sorrow, success and failure, love and loss. I know how it feels to be hard on yourself, to be stuck in indecision, anxiety and paralysis and to search for meaning and a way to feel more connected and fulfilled. I also know what it means to heal, to come to know and love yourself, to submit to the cycles of life, to begin to laugh and play. My number one goal is to learn to be a really good human being, not perfect but real, not finished but always becoming. Through daily spiritual practice I have opened to larger, powerful truths that have transformed my life. I seek to bring to you the whole of my knowledge, training and life experience in building a collaborative and authentic therapeutic relationship.