My Background and Approach
With compassion, warmth, and curiosity, I create a safe space for adults at every stage of life to explore their deepest selves, free of judgement, critique, and problem-solving. Working collaboratively, I use evidence-based treatments to help my clients discover, define, and achieve their own goals. I am especially drawn to helping people who have complicated lives, including those who have had limited success with counseling in the past. I am highly intuitive and meld my natural ability to attune to others with my advanced training in the Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM) to help my clients feel seen and heard on the deepest level. I have over three decades of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and the opportunity to help others find their own strength has been the greatest gift of my life. I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Walla Walla University and am licensed in the states of Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Foundational to my therapeutic approach is seeing you, hearing you, and accepting you exactly as you are. I specialize in supporting adults of all ages through cancer, grief & loss, end-of-life care, death & dying, and aging. These are amongst life's most challenging transitions, and often ignite intense feelings of uncertainty, pain, discomfort, and regret. These transitions also necessitate additional planning, reflection, introspection, and reimagining. Instead of brushing these feelings aside, I will invite you on that journey. During my two-decade career working in hospital settings, I served patients and their families holistically, offering support in end-of-life care, including counseling family members of all ages on concerns related to death, loss, and grief. I have specialized experience in cancer care and am a survivor of cancer myself. I also have a deep understanding of highly sensitive people (HSP) and am an LGBTQ+ friendly counselor.