Provides in person services only
As a systems clinical family therapist my style of practice integrates in-person multiple modalities starting with a whole-person, systemic lens. This means I look at everything that impacts you & family members including identifying strengths. You/I may invite others important to you when relevant to our work together into a session when necessary and you agree. I am at times directive as part of my therapeutic style and encourage engagement, the extent depends on what you need. I utilize creative processes and am flexible in how that may be expressed in session. Emotions are essential and encouraged, including constructive anger.
The framework of some modalities used include (but are not limited to) dynamic cognitive behavior therapy, talk therapy as it relates to your perspective, behavior, impact and involvement with others; play therapy using games, basic art, role play; psycho-education which seeks to inform, enlighten; contextual which views your experience ‘in context’ with other aspects impacting how you think, feel, behave, and explores boundaries, loyalties and entitlement; systemic which looks at your family and culture of origin patterns, environments you live/work in, and aspects that impact you; solution-focused which frames experiences from a strength-based focus which will shift the focus of adapting solutions to the presenting problem. I advocate person-first as necessary viewing my clients with humanistic care.
I have many year’s experience working with maternal mental health, infant/toddler mental health birth to 5 years old, children 5-14 years old, young adults through seniors, and specialty populations such as pregnant & parenting women addicted to substances & needing service coordination and counseling support, FASDs, homelessness, CPS/DCYF involvement, financial reversal, employment setbacks, acculturation adjustment and assimilation, recovery of substance addiction support. I work with families and individuals, and interface with schools when children/family concerns need additional support. I respect my clients journey past and present, and include adverse childhood experiences & resiliency as a fundamental aspect of the therapy experience.
My history includes degrees, certification, and experience in Vocational Rehabilitation, Special Education K12, Teaching, Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage & Family Therapy. I love the work I get to do with my clients, and believe fun & laughter are as valuable as sadness & anger. My heart leads as education & experience provide a forum for a productive experience.
ACA (American Counseling Association)
ACAC (Association for Child & Adolescent Counseling)
WACES (Western Association for Counselor Education & Supervision)
IAMFC (International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors)
WA-AIMH (Washington Alliance for Infant Mental Health)
AMHCA / WMHCA (American & Washington Mental Health Counseling Associations)
3305 Oakes Ave
Everett, WA 98201
Please call the Cedar Valley Counseling main line at (425) 338-7589 to discuss scheduling an intake appointment.