Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
I am passionate about emotions. All of us are full of them. The emotions we carry with us as individuals, as well as, what we bring into relationships can be powerful and challenging. I also understand that each of us carries with us an emotional heritage that is unique and has served as a means to support, protect, and empower each of us.
I provide therapy for men by partnering with adolescents, men, husbands, and fathers to open up and develop emotional flexibility. You might call it emotional yoga! Feelings and emotions are not an easy topic of conversation. Especially for males, as we don’t always express them. Or when we do, they can come out sideways. I appreciate the opportunity to work with men of all ages as a resource to deconstruct false presumptions about “how a man should act” while also providing support to enable men of all ages to become who they authentically want to be.
I work with couples to strengthen their relationship and navigate the emotions they both bring into the partnership. I am a resource and an ally. By this, I mean I provide support untangling a recent complicated situation that may have occurred or digging in and sorting out longstanding differences that have built up. Unfortunately, there are times when relationships feel as though they have no where to go. I also work with couples who are considering separation or divorce.
I treat each person as a unique individual deserving of respect, understanding, and fairness. As a couple you are both individuals, as well as, partners. I believe in a collaborative holistic approach. We will universally review the full context of what is happening in your life, as well as, the relationship and direct family. As relevant or needed, I also incorporate secondary family members, friends, and other wellness providers.
To do this, I incorporate strength and values-based therapeutic models. I utilize Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, along with other interventions as appropriate. These models are made-up of evidence-based treatments which have been found to be highly effective working with adults and couples.
Education and Training:
- MA in Counseling Psychology, Bastyr University 2014
- MS in Information Management, University of Washington 2008
- BA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia 1997
- The Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Fremont, WA.
- Renton Area Youth and Family Services (RAYS) Renton, WA.
- Foster High School in Tukwila, WA
- Secondary Learning Center in Renton, WA
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level I and II
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