To support the development of awareness and empowerment, my approach to psychotherapy and assessment involves providing you with a safe and compassionate space in which you are treated with respect.
Listening to others' life narratives has always been a natural way of being for me, and I have learned to cultivate a sense of respect, humility, and gratitude for those who have shared their personal stories with me. Beyond my training and clinical experiences, I have come to understand that the effectiveness of therapy greatly depends on a relationship that supports a sense of safety, compassion, and trust. This involves the necessary step of determining whether I am able to address your needs, so I encourage you to read on and explore this further.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, credentialed to practice in the state of Washington (PY60709607). I received a bachelor's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Health and Development, at Stanford University, in California; I also completed a minor in Human Biology. I earned my master of arts and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology, at the California School of Professional Psychology, at Alliant International University, in San Diego, CA.
Throughout my clinical training, I have provided short-term and long-term individual, family, and couples psychotherapy to children and adults. I have worked in community clinics, school campuses, as well as intensive outpatient settings. Working with individuals across the lifespan, I have also provided comprehensive psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic evaluations. Among the many issues I have treated and evaluated include: mood disorders, acute and chronic trauma, learning disabilities, relational conflicts, and court-ordered cases.
My training has been strongly grounded in evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), as well as mindfulness-based, trauma-sensitive, developmental, psychodynamic and systems approaches. I also harbor a passion for multiculturalism and social justice issues, considering the role of such issues as privilege and oppression, both within and outside of the therapeutic relationship. I have a particular interest in attachment theory and often approach therapy from a relational perspective. Additionally, I often view emotional disorders (such as depression, anxiety, etc.) as, in part, resulting from a disconnect, trauma(s), and/or imbalance in mind, body, or spirit. Thus, I may discuss the idea of energy or spirituality (not necessarily religion, but this may be a part of how you experience spirituality) with you, if it feels appropriate to your unique experience. However, with incorporating any treatment approach, I honor each individual client's level of comfort, openness, and personal beliefs, and constantly strive to make this a collaborative and flexible process.
There is no set length of treatment time for therapy, and some concerns may be more easily addressed with short-term, structured techniques, while others may be better suited to a longer-term process. I believe that lasting change results from a consistent therapeutic relationship that is tailored to your unique needs, which I discuss at the onset of establishing this relationship, as well as throughout treatment.
Please feel free to contact me for any questions regarding treatment approach and expectations, in order to determine if I would be an appropriate fit for your needs.