My love for life runs deep, and that love is informed by grief, loss, and pain. I believe deeply in the words of playwright Terence: “Nothing human is alien to me.”
Trained in depth psychology and relational psychoanalysis, I believe the potential for deep healing, connection, and revitalization exists within the therapeutic relationship. Often, what occurs in the therapeutic space—the conscious and unconscious dynamics and patterns at play—is just as relevant, educational, and worthy of our attention as what is brought in for discussion. I view our time together as a dedicated opportunity for you to be seen and heard; an antidote to the isolation and alienation that often pervades modern life.
My approach occasionally includes trauma-informed somatic practices. We are harmed in relationship but healed in it as well, and growth is found not only in story and relationship but in becoming more regulated and present to our lives.
I am an ideal fit for anyone who is engaged, curious, and seeking to be known. As a former chronic migraine suffer, I specialize in working with individuals living with chronic pain, and have a heart for supporting the “outsiders” of the world: people who feel misunderstood and/or who struggle to fit in. Chronic pain is an epidemic, and yet it can make any of us feel like we’re on the outside.
I’ve worked with preteens/adolescents in foster care, residential, and occupational therapy settings, with adults in chronic pain settings, and in hospice. My master’s in Counseling Psychology is from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and I am on the Board of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Assocation (PPDA). The PPDA is a nonprofit that provides scientific mind-body approaches to ending chronic pain and other chronic or medically unexplained symptoms.
My belief is that we heal and grow ourselves in order to go out and contribute to the healing of the world. I am an antiracist, LGBTQIA+-friendly therapist on my own lifelong journey of healing, growth, and education.
I consider this sacred work, and a true privilege. I look forward to meeting.