"Being understood is the most basic human need, and it is only by being understood and accepted that individuals are able to change and grow."
I believe empathy can have remarkable healing powers. When we feel another person willingly connect with the part of themselves that knows the feeling we are experiencing, we believe that we matter and are valued. Then we begin to feel more ready to take steps towards self-reflection and change.
Sharing the most painful parts of ourselves with another person can leave us feeling vulnerable and open to wounding. What I've learned through life is that to truly live our best lives, we need to be who we really are, faults and all. We need to be open and honest, and we need a place where this is not just tolerated, but welcomed and accepted.
During each session, I try to provide a sense of safety and trust by being supportive, curious, and non-judgmental. Whether you have suffered a recent loss or trauma, are suffering with painful emotions, or having trouble coping with a life transition, therapy is a place to be heard and supported as it helps you navigate the difficult path towards healing.
I utilize an integrative approach to therapy, pulling from theories including:
Emotionally Focused Therapy ("EFT")
Family Systems Theory
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy ("DBT")
Gottman's Theory of Couples Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing ("EMDR")
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Washington (Lic#: LF 61154489) and received my Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. I am an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist. I am also Gottman level three certified and have certificates in Treating Affairs and Trauma and Couples and Addiction Recovery through The Gottman Institute. I have also received advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
Aside from therapy, I'm a wife to my husband Jon. We have three kids and quite a few pets. We love exploring the Pacific Northwest, spending time with friends and family, and staying active.