I believe that the quality of our relationships is what determines our happiness and satisfaction in our life. I personally know how life feels when things aren’t going well.
I’ll never forget the terrorizing sound of a scream in a dream I had when I was ten years old.
At 16, I heard that same scream the night my father died.
It was sudden and unexpected, and I remember seeing his still body on the bathroom floor.
Nothing could have prepared me for the traumatic and sudden loss of my father as a teenager. And so, began my intense initiation into the theme of my life and my work:
Life can change in a moment.
This is especially true if you have experienced a betrayal in your relationship, a sudden illness, loss of employment, or a brain injury.
One minute, you’re happy. The next, it’s “How did I get here? I didn’t sign up for this.”
My 11 years as a speech pathologist and director of two brain injury clinics combined with over 25 years of psychotherapy training offer you a unique healing process that no other therapist can provide.
My greatest passion is in treating couples and individuals in getting to the bottom of what is causing struggles and dissatisfaction in their lives.
My unique and specialized education in how the brain affects our lives informs much of the work I do with couples and individuals.
When we work together, we look at how the brain prevents you from getting what you want. Whether it’s a more reliable spouse, the ability to advocate more strongly for yourself, or to loosen the stranglehold of Type A obsessions.
Because I didn’t have anyone to talk to after my father’s death, I know how bottling it up can slowly eat you alive. That’s why I’m most passionate about working with clients in the places that feel the most dark and painful.
To finally work with a compassionate therapist who will help you be present with the part of you that feels so terrible… That is the only way out.
Yes, it’s counterintuitive to go into your pain and to look at what you’ve been avoiding. The only resolution is to make space for the part of you that is hurting.
But you don’t have to do it alone. I will stay with you every step of the way until we get to the hidden blessing, the moment of relief when you realize “Oh my god, that’s what all this pain had to gift me.”
Whether you’re angry about your partner’s brain injury, or you’re sick of looking perfect on the outside but feeling empty on the inside, I’ll be with you until the resentment and confusion lifts, and you can be in integrity with who you are.
Memberships and Affiliations
Washington Mental Health Counselors
American Psychological Association
National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists
Bader/Pearson Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
Completed Levels 1 and 2 of Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) with Dr. Stan Tatkin
For Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Past Board Member
Brain Injury Alliance of Washington
Past Board Member
Group Psychotherapy Network