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If you or someone you love needs help getting through a current or past difficulty that is impacting everyday life negatively, you've come to the right place. I believe that productive therapy can happen by sharing moments of laughter, deep discussions, interesting conversations while respecting the therapeutic relationship and identifying, through setting new goals, how to best move forward in a healthy productive way.
While working together I will create an emotionally safe place to explore what will best support you while change occurs. I enjoy working with clients of all ages - each life stage has unique joys and challenges! You can share and explore questions you may have, discuss experiences that have impacted you, and motivations that will move you or your family toward something new.
Therapy for Children and Teens
We will look at what works well with current communication and connectedness within the family system, however big or small, as we work together to create new ways of coping. Therapy with children and youth includes the necessary moments of talk, play, new family conversations and different strategies for parenting. We will explore the story that has developed (how children and youth see themselves in their family system) and identify the parts that are not helpful and rewrite this story together. With over 20 years experience working with children and families you'll find the patience and commitment needed to problem solve and find solutions.
You and your family can work toward increased communication skills, improved self-care and healthier boundaries. I will provide comfort and the parenting support that's needed to navigate changes, including parenting tools and community resources.
Areas of Focus
ABOUT MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
This theory can be thought of in the same sense as an ecosystem. Through my education and training I have worked extensively to understand and learn what a “system“ is as it relates to human relationships, and how to honor the many ways an individual’s own system functions- in harmony or out of harmony with their every day lives. Through graduate classes like Family Systems I learned about emotional attachments, I have learned the different ways people express themselves in relationships and how they experience relationships (feeling safe and connected to others). Multicultural classes that train therapist to look at family as culture, ethnicity as culture, community as culture, gender as culture- and the many ways people express themselves and experience the world through their personal culture as part of their system. Child psychology classes to understand the beginnings of how we attach, or bond, with others in our early years based on our childhood expereince, and what implications that may have on current friendships, parenting, partnering and your chosen support systems in your life.
American Association of Marriage and Family
Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate. As a family trained therapist I believe that we are all part of community and can work together toward increased happiness, healing and feeling more connected to each other through therapeutic work. I believe we all have a story about who we are and how we fit into the lives we've experienced and the lives we desire. A person's story does not always work in their favor. I think our narrative is powerful and can be rewritten to provide clarity about who we are and provide a person with strength to better achieve their goals.
Through my work as a therapist I am devoted to creating a welcome space for clients to process. I hope to help you better understand your story, from the past and into your future as you move toward a stronger sense of self.
I began working with children and their families in New England 20 years ago as a teacher and child advocate. I moved to Seattle 13 years ago to attend graduate school. While completing my degree I began working as a clinician in Community Mental Health. My work with adults included anxiety, depression, addiction, couples therapy, eating disorders, family of origin difficulties, parenting support and dual diagnoses. My work with children, youth and their families included single parenting, foster and adoptive parenting, anxiety in young children, assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities, collaborative care with teachers, pediatricians, the legal system and extended family and caregivers.
My passion and goal is to bring therapeutic support to the community through my work with individuals of all ages and families who are seeking positive change, increased mindfulness and increased emotional awareness.
During my time in Seattle I have enjoyed supporting others in the community as a marriage and family therapist, an outdoor preschool teacher and behavioral consultant to families and teaching teams. I am continually surprised by the dramatic beauty of the Pacific Northwest. In my down time I enjoy exploring urban parks, adventures in the mountains, painting and drawing, and gardening.
MA in Psychology: Antioch University-Seattle
BA in Psychology: University of Massachusetts- Boston
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Associate, License # MG60732831
As an associate I operate under the supervision of Michael Huxford, PhD.