The decision to begin therapy is a big one and finding the right therapist can feel overwhelming. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with your therapist and you sense that he or she is someone you can build trust with.
The best way to get a sense of this is to meet and see how it feels to you. But below is a little information about me and the way that I work to help you decide if you'd like to make an appointment to meet.
I have been a psychotherapist for over 30 years and I enjoy working with people who are motivated to understand their depression, anxiety, confusion or unhappiness so that they can ultimately experience relief and freedom in their lives. We will explore your thoughts and feelings and experiences in the world, especially in your important relationships. One of my strengths is that I can help you get to the heart of the matter quickly so that we can begin to work in the direction that will help you to understand yourself and the pain you are in and begin to experience relief and make the changes you desire.
Over the years I have done extensive training in psychodynamic, analytic and trauma theories, including Internal Family Systems (IFS). Each of these approaches, in different ways, taught me to see a person's struggles within the greater context of all of his or her life experiences, including childhood where one's personality, deepest wounds and ways of coping are formed.
I received my master's in counseling from Seattle University in 1989, did 7 years of agency work and have been in private practice since 1992. I am licensed in the state of Washington and am in network with First Choice/KaiserPPo. I can bill as an out of network provider with Premera, Lifewise, Cigna, Aetna, Regence, United Healthcare and Value Options insurance.
For the foreseeable future, I will be doing telehealth sessions only.