I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate at Seattle Christian Counseling. As a Christian counselor I’m here to offer you the wisdom I’ve gained through life experience and education. My desire is to give you hope and comfort as we work towards your unique individual healing.
If you’ve experienced struggles that are preventing you from moving into the fullness God has for you, I can offer you a place to express yourself openly without judgment, condemnation or shame.
Positive change comes with hard work but it is my goal to help you get there. Truly effective Christian counseling requires a co-created space that we get to work together where it is safe to explore life issues that remove road blocks to a joy filled satisfying life. The goal of Christian counseling is to produce lasting growth both personally and relationally resulting in wholeness for generations to come.
My goal is to create a space where you feel completely at ease to explore the issues in your life that prevent you from living fully. As a trained psychotherapist, I aim to empower you to work toward positive change, both personally and relationally. I strive to encourage and support my clients while challenging them to think deeply about their own thought processes and behaviors, so that they are able to achieve lasting, positive change.
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I can offer you a safe, welcoming place to work toward health and wholeness. I believe positive transformation is best accomplished when you feel affirmed in your strengths, challenged in your weaknesses, and loved in your relationships; I will do my best to make these a part of your counseling experience. As a Christian, I am happy to pray with you and to explore Biblical responses to your concerns—yet all are welcome in my office, regardless of faith.
My counseling style varies from client to client, and I endeavor to tailor my approach to each individual who seeks my help. Most of the time, I rely on a variety of techniques, including Biblical, existential, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapeutic methods. My approach tends to be collaborative: together we will brainstorm how our time can be best put to use. If you are a person of faith, I try to incorporate your spirituality into our practice. Above all, you can expect an enthusiastic partner and respectful professional who is dedicated to you and your goals.
I have a network of wonderful friends and family who have supported me through every challenge of life, and I endeavor to have both older and younger people in my life at all times. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing other people accomplish their goals. In my spare time, I enjoy playing music, entertaining, dancing, and spending time with the people I love.
Please don’t hesitate to give me a call and come in for a risk-free initial session.
I do look forward to meeting you and would be honored to be part of your healing journey.
Before deciding to pursue my career as a Christian counselor, I taught music education in public schools and worked in various ministry support roles. In 2010, after realizing that God was calling me to a career as a therapist, I returned to school, earning my MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University. I am also a Certified Anger Management Facilitator (CAMF). I have been in full time therapeutic practice since my licensing, first from my private office, and now through Seattle Christian Counseling.
I decided to become a Christian counselor after years of witnessing my friends, family and even myself, struggle through issues that were not easily resolved. Whether teaching in public schools, volunteering with street children, or speaking with a friend, I always felt passionate about helping those who need healing. So, after realizing that God was calling me to serve others as a therapist, I decided to switch careers midway through life—and I am so glad that I did!
I became a Christian during the Jesus Movement of the 1970s. I am a trained cellist and play in a community orchestra, as well as several chamber music groups. I love to spend time outdoors, and in my free time I read, dance, volunteer, and play games with my friends.
As a Christian counselor, I have been privileged to help many clients process and manage their depression. This debilitating condition can be a lifelong struggle or a temporary experience; it can feel like a vague sense of sadness or completely prevent the sufferer from enjoying life. Either way, depression is almost always an extremely lonely experience, but if you are depressed, you don’t have to suffer through it alone. I take a holistic approach to treating depression, examining physical symptoms alongside past traumas and present situations. I know the unending exhaustion depression creates, but in Christian counseling, we will work toward healing and recovery so that you can rediscover the joy of life.
One of my primary strengths as a Christian counselor is anger management. Anger is a secondary emotion—a warning light that something beneath the surface needs attention. It may appear subtle, but unexplored and unchecked anger will cultivate pain and isolation internally. As a Certified Anger Management Facilitator with years of experience treating individuals and groups for anger issues, I can offer you a nonjudgmental ear and trained expertise to help you process your anger. Uncovering the root of your anger can be a distressing and painful experience, but it is crucial to assess the cause of your feelings, and my goal is to provide a safe space for you to grow and learn in Christian counseling.
I offer counseling for people of all ages who struggle with the particular challenges that arise with age. Whether you are wrestling with your own journey into the later years of life, or are a caregiver for an elderly loved one, it can be extremely difficult to come to terms with the unique issues of aging. As you face these transitions, there are ways to manage your fears and relationships that will enable both older and younger people to love one another fully. If you are struggling with an issue related to aging, please know that I am here to help you confront and process your concerns.
As a Christian counselor, I believe that our significant relationships are the foundation of our lives. We learn about ourselves by looking at how we interact with our friends, families, workmates, and God. When a relationship becomes a source of pain, it is important to take a closer look at the relational dynamics at play in our lives. In my counseling practice, I help clients explore healthy models of relationality, as well as the unhealthy patterns of relating that they have adopted in their own experiences. We discuss what God intends for human intimacy, and collaborate to understand how to build positive relationships. God wants to heal our bonds with himself and with others; I want that for you too, and I know that it is possible.
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Sessions: I offer 53-minute or 45-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Couples, Families, and Groups looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at
(425) 354-5473 or email@example.com.
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.