Jeremiah 29:11 clearly reveals God’s plan for our lives: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” I look forward to working with you to better understand the ways God is blessing you as well as the areas where there may be some blockage to the sunlight of the Spirit.
I am trained in contemporary psychoanalysis. This means that my goal is for you to not only feel better but to be better as well. By helping you to tolerate the ups and down of life and better understand your methods of coping, I can help you to feel more in control and more fulfilled.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
My goal is for you to gain increased insight into the origin of your concerns and learn practical techniques to help you experience a greater sense of freedom with regard to your circumstances. As your counselor, I will seek to genuinely understand your situation so I can offer an approach that meets your individual needs. I will provide practical steps for you to emerge from your unwanted circumstances toward overall wellbeing in Christ.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
God made every person uniquely and I tailor my approach to the needs of each client.
As Carl Jung said, “The shoe that fits one person pinches another . . . .” I have experienced much of the same stress and trauma in my upbringing that is often described by my clients. Former clients have shared that my approach seems more empathically attuned rather than distant, objectively separate, or neutral with regard to the therapeutic process.While we share a professional relationship, I am genuinely with you in whatever you are going through.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
As believers, we desire to grow in our relationship to God. We know from the Bible that three main things separate us from God: 1) the workings of our own unrenewed mind; 2) the world; and 3) Satan. Understanding and working on our own unrenewed minds is critical to leading godly lives and striving to be more like Jesus. Romans 12:2 says, “Be not conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Counseling provides a safe and consistent place where you can express yourself freely. In Christian counseling, you have all these benefits as well as knowing that you are speaking with a fellow believer walking the same faith path.
Qualifications & Experience
I have been counseling professionally for the past 26 years in a variety of settings and roles, serving very diverse populations.
I am currently a candidate for a PsyD in Psychoanalysis from The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I hold a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a PhD in Psychoanalysis from Bircham University, an MA in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a BA in Psychology from Western Washington University.
Other qualifications I’ve earned include:
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License # LH0007704) (WA)
- Chemical Dependency and Substance Use Disorder Professional (License # CP60721362) (WA)
- Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS), Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist (EMMHS) (Black & Native American) (WA)
- Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) (License # 510442) (National)
- Washington State Certified Clinical Supervisor
- Registered Psychologist (License # 2012832) (CA)
- Psychologist (RP Registration #0007704) (Philippines)
- Psychoanalyst Training Candidate (Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles)
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Abandonment and Neglect
- Aging and Geriatric Issues
- Anger Management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chemical Dependency
- Counseling for Children
- Counseling for Teens
- Couples Counseling
- Eating Disorders
- Family Counseling
- Grief and Loss
- Individual Counseling
- Infidelity and Affairs
- Marriage Counseling
- Men’s Issues
- Online Counseling
- Personal Development
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Premarital Counseling
- Professional Development
- Relationship Issues
- Sex and Porn Addiction
- Sexual Abuse
- Spiritual Development
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 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.
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), most 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 adolescents, individuals, and couples.
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.