I grew up in Great Falls, Montana, and have also lived in Boston MA, New York City, Taos NM, Boulder CO, and Missoula MT. I arrived in Seattle in 1999, where I've worked in a variety of counseling and therapeutic roles with individuals, couples and families.
My professional experience encompasses specialized training in challenges related to pregnancy and new parenthood; relationship stress including communication, conflict, and life and role transitions; and addressing and understanding symptoms and patterns related to depression, stress and anxiety, trauma, addictive behaviors, and other problem areas. I have completed through level 2 of Gottman Method Therapy training, and I am currently participating in a yearlong post-graduate training program with Gestalt Associates Training of Los Angeles. Additionally I have training and experience with psychodynamic work, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT). I have additional professional experience in immigration/refugee challenges, cross-cultural relationships, career guidance, aging, and living with HIV. All of my work is informed by lifelong mindfulness meditation practice and study.
I hold a clinical faculty appointment in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health, where I also participate in the development, design and implementation of research projects for the Program on Global Mental Health.
TRAINING & CREDENTIALS
I am licensed in Washington State to provide therapy and counseling as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW, #LW60668243).
I earned a Master of Social Work in 2011 from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to that, I undertook one year of full-time graduate level training in Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. I have a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I regularly supplement my training with continuing education to keep my skills and knowledge base up-to-date and relevant, and I subscribe to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.