I entered the field of mental health as a volunteer at the Crisis Clinic of King County. Inspired by that work, I attended the LIOS Graduate College of Saybrook University, where I earned my Masters degree in Psychology, in 2010. LIOS teaches a systems-theory based, humanistic approach to therapy, with a strong emphasis on building a relationship with clients. My education was enhanced by the experiential aspects of the program, where each student was encouraged to contact themselves and others on a deeper level.
One piece of feedback I frequently get from clients and people who know me is that they experience me as having a very calm, accepting presence. I believe that this is one of the great gifts that I bring to counseling. As I practice this work, I have experienced deep joy in connecting with and helping others. I am very grateful that I have the opportunity to offer my services to my clients.
I have a black belt in Aikido, a Japanese martial art focused on balance, attunement to others, centeredness and peaceful resolution of conflict. I have learned to appreciate how I can bring my grounded presence and awareness to the sometimes-chaotic dynamics that arise in family or couples work. As an Aikido instructor, I have learned to meet people where they are at in their process, which has informed my practice as a therapist.
I have volunteered as a Black Rock Ranger and Zendo shift lead at the Burning Man festival and similar roles at other festivals, where I worked in psychological emergency services providing support for struggling participants. I have helped individuals in crisis related to social/relationship stresses, altered states, and the harsh desert environment.
I was born and raised in Seattle. Prior to my career as a therapist, I worked as a civil engineer for 12 years.