I believe that everyone has an important story, and that all of us have stories that include pain and suffering in some way. It is my privilege to walk alongside clients as they examine various parts of their story, and to provide practical ways to make positive life changes using proven therapeutic methods. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, or other concerns, I welcome you to take the first step toward peace and healing today by pursuing Christian counseling.
My goal as a counselor is to create a safe place where people are able to be honest and vulnerable. I hope my clients feel supported, heard, and empowered. It is important to me to see each client as an individual and to tailor our time together to meet their specific goals and needs. I seek to equip my clients with the tools they need to live the life they want, cultivate self-compassion, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves.
I strive to create a warm, caring, and supportive environment where clients feel safe to laugh or cry, speak or sit in silence, and share freely without feeling judged. I spend time asking questions and listening to clients, answering any questions they may have, and then working with them to come up with a treatment plan. Clients can expect a collaborative relationship; I welcome and appreciate feedback and I want clients to get out of our time together whatever is most important to them.
I believe incorporating Christianity into counseling empowers people to achieve peace and wholeness. My faith is the most important aspect of my life and informs my practice in every way because it is an inextricable part of who I am. One of my favorite things about Jesus is that He was radical and counter-cultural and loved people recklessly, especially those deemed by society as “unworthy” of love. This is the Christianity I strive to live out. As a Christian counselor, I welcome all people, regardless of beliefs, doubts, experiences, or lifestyles.
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.
I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Azusa Pacific University and my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Washington. I also have my LSWAIC (Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical).
I was a Northwest Leaders in Behavioral Health awardee in 2018 and a colleague and I received first place at the 2014 Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Conference for our research on Psychosocial Support for Minorities in Hospice.
I have experience working with a variety of populations and contexts, ranging from people with terminal illnesses in hospice in Los Angeles to people living with HIV/AIDS in Botswana. I have worked with people experiencing homelessness, folks in recovery from addiction, and individuals who were formerly incarcerated in both Los Angeles and Seattle. I have also worked at the PHP (partial hospitalization), IOP (intensive outpatient), and OP (outpatient) levels of treatment for eating disorders. I have experience working with youth, both internationally and domestically, at schools, in support groups, and in homes.
I was drawn to counseling because I am passionate about mental health and empowering people to experience peace and wholeness. I love working with people and I am energized and inspired by vulnerability and truth-telling. It is a privilege when people are willing to dive into the messy, complicated, beautiful parts of life together.
I am originally from California and landed in Seattle after spending a few years in Botswana as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I am immensely grateful for the community I’ve cultivated here, which has made Seattle feel like home. I love exploring new places, attempting to cook, and spending quality time with people.
Among the most important things to me are my family, friends, and relentlessly supportive partner. I am also wildly thankful for several opportunities I’ve had to travel and live internationally, which has played a crucial role in expanding my worldview, opening my eyes to new perspectives, and cultivating greater compassion in me.
Anxiety can get in the way of living the life you want due to symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, and excessive worry. In our work together, we will identify the causes and triggers of anxiety, examine thinking patterns, and find new ways to cope effectively through various skills and strategies.
Bipolar disorder encompasses both depressive symptoms and manic symptoms, and we will focus on gaining more control over these areas of your life. We will discuss challenges, process emotions, and learn practical coping skills.
Depression manifests itself in varying degrees of severity and can include feeling hopeless and apathetic. It may be difficult to imagine ever feeling like yourself again, but I’m here to support you wherever you are. Our work together will target thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that you may feel trapped in, and we will work together to engage in more effective and helpful habits. We will also explore the underlying causes of depression and learn coping skills to apply practically to daily life.
People pursue counseling for a variety of reasons, and it is my privilege to create a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to process the complexities of life, relationships, and identities. I will work collaboratively with you to determine treatment goals and tailor my approach to your specific needs and wants. I strive to empower you to effectively cope with challenges in your life, promote greater self-awareness, and cultivate self-love.
Life transitions can elicit a variety of emotions, new experiences, and unknowns. Oftentimes we yearn to race through the transition phase and live in either the season that has already passed or the season that is coming next. I’m here to provide support, processing, and tools to navigate the array of issues that may arise during times of change and to find peace in the transition period.
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Sessions: I offer 53-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, and Families 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 email@example.com or (206) 620-0500.
Insurance: As a Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical 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, Adolescents, or Children.
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.