The path to becoming a therapist, a helper, a teacher was rocky and crooked and it took a while. I had to do a number of other things first. When I discovered humanistic psychology, the study of people, their lives, their inner worlds, their relationships, I knew I had “come home” in the sense that this was what I was meant to do. I had arrived in the world of psychology and once I got here I have never looked back!
I love helping people create the life they want. It is an honor and privilege to sit with you and hear your life story – the challenges, the struggles, what worked, what did not work. The inner thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of people I find endlessly fascinating. I truly believe we all share a bond of humanity and common experiences.
When I am not at work, I can be found at my home relaxing in my garden with my husband and two cats, spending time with friends and family, or traveling.
I believe it is important to “walk the talk.” I spent many years working through my personal and relationship issues so that I could live a life I believe in and, in so doing, help others.
My professional credentials include:
I hold a Ph.D. in Psychology (2000).
I hold a M.A. in Psychology (1982).
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Washington State.
Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy.
Professional Member, EMDRIA
EMDR Therapist since 2002
I have been in private practice for over 35 years. During this time, I have also worked at various mental health settings including:
Highline West Seattle Mental Health Clinic, Emergency Services.
Walk in crisis counseling center in St. Paul, MN
Child Guidance Clinic, Family Safety Team, Tacoma, WA
Ruth Dykman Center, Family Reconciliation Services, Seattle, WA
Writing credits include:
“A Phenomenological Psychological Analysis of Multiple Experiences of Bulimia,” Doctoral Dissertation, 2000.
“The Acquisition of Bulimia: Childhood Experience,” The Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Volume 35. No. 1, 2004.
It is a privilege and an honor to sit with people and hear their stories. I am understanding and accepting and can be more direct when it is needed. I genuinely enjoy people and love the work I do.
Specialties & Issues
Struggle-free living for women
Eating disorders and body dissatisfaction
Anxiety and generalized states of worry and fear
Marriage and Relationship Issues
Is life a struggle? Are your relationships causing you distress? Do you feel anxious, sad, or angry too much of the time. Do you want help in creating change that is lasting? Often we remain unaware of the limitations we place on ourselves and need a trained outside observer to help us recognize and change behaviors that keep us stuck. Together in therapy we focus on what you need to create a fulfilling life where you can feel connected and present with others and yourself. I will help you claim your happiness and emotional well being.
The negative thoughts you hold about yourself greatly hinder your ability to let in love and other positive emotions. I help people recognize how their current identity may be linked to outdated negative messages. I can help with attachment and relationship issues, eating disorders and anxiety.
Services & Rates
If you want to schedule an appointment, please call, text or email me for a 15-20 minute free consultation.
Call 425-747-0155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (secure email)
$150 per 50-minute session
$225 per 75-minute session
I am an out of network provider meaning I ask you to pay at the time of the session and give you a "superbill" that you can give to your insurance to be directly reimbursed for whatever percentage they will pay. Most people have out of network benefits but I would encourage you to check with your insurance.
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