“I am certain people can change. It is a matter of connecting them with their inner resources. That is the therapeutic task.” – Virginia Satir
I started in the human services field back in the early 80’s after finishing an Associate of Arts Degree from Bellevue Community College (now known as Bellevue College). I later worked as a volunteer with Youth Eastside Services. From Seattle University, I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a specialty in Alcoholism Treatment and Recovery. Upon graduation, I served as an intern at First Step Outpatient Program working with adults and adolescents. I went on to work part-time at First Step while I started a private practice in Bellevue, Washington.
Throughout decades of working in private practice I have pursued and established my self-care through the study of Buddhist thought and practice, the 8 limbs of yoga, pranayama, mindfulness and meditation, nutrition, holistic healing (I am a 2nd degree Reiki master) and some of the Native American traditions. As a life long learner I continue to pursue my education through workshops, conferences, retreats, intensives and trainings. I have studied many modalities although my foundation stems from phenomenology and a developmental framework in terms of human behavior. I am also a yoga teacher taught in the tradition of Purna Yoga. For more information check out the website for the College of Purna Yoga.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, adolescents, families and groups. Currently, I offer one group that meets weekly for adults working on family of origin issues and a monthly group that is made up of graduates from the weekly group who want the benefit of ongoing support. I am also available for parent consultations for families that are having difficulty with communication, structure, and consistency. I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
If you are interested in learning more about how I work please call me and set up a Meet and Greet (a 30-40 minute no charge appointment designed to give you and me an opportunity to meet face to face in my office to help us determine how we might work together).