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My counseling approach is integrative and flexible, stemming from a diverse background of life experiences. These experiences have provided a richness and humility to my understanding of the human condition. To that end I value personal exploration and creativity balanced with pragmatism and a strong work ethic. As a counselor, facilitator, and healer, I strive to offer compassionate, intuitive support along with proactive tools for increasing self-confidence, self-awareness and empowerment.

Acknowledging our limitations and when we need support is hugely empowering (rather than a weakness, as society would have us believe). We all need and deserve respect, support, and increased tools. We would all benefit from knowing and tending to ourselves better.

I endeavor to speak from my wise self, counsel and connect with the wise self in others, and strengthen the wise self in all of us. May we all find the balance between interdependence and self-reliance.

Offering counseling services to adolescents, individuals, couples, families, and groups  in the San Juan Islands, WA

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I earned a BA in Spanish from Reed College, and a MS in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health from Prescott College. My clinical training was completed in Santa Fe, NM. There I worked at Zephyrus of Santa Fe, the SW region’s only outpatient clinic dedicated to the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. I was fortunate to oversee the art therapy groups, in addition to participating in group therapy, movement therapy, meal support therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. I then worked with Scott Thomas, Ph.D. , a counselor of Lakota descent who specializes in abuse, addiction, gender, couple/family, and indigenous issues.

I trained and worked at Gerard’s House, a non-profit grief center dedicated to supporting children and families who have lost loved ones. With the Gerard’s House crew I had the honor of being part of the seminal team that implemented the first Spanish grief program in the entire region. Inspired by my work at Gerard’s House, I studied with the Grief Recovery Institute and became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

I was also blessed to work with Tewa Women United, a non-profit organization that serves as a safe place and provides support for Native American women struggling with issues related to alcoholism, suicide, domestic and sexual violence, and cultural identity loss.

I have trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use it in my work with couples.

I am trained in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy, an extraordinarily powerful healing method for a variety of issues including but not limited to: trauma, addiction, disordered eating, OCD, long-held shame, codependence, anxiety, and depression.

I now serve my beloved Northwest community as a counselor in private practice on San Juan Island, WA.

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