LICSW, CMHS, CDWF
You don’t have to be a person who identifies as LGBTQQIA+ for me to work with you. You also don’t have to be a child or young person. I love what I do, and I’m glad to meet with people of all walks of life. In addition to my specialization, I was trained to be an advanced generalist, which means I can hang with just about whatever you throw out at me. If I don’t think I can help, or if I know another clinician in the community that I trust and think would be a better fit for you, I’ll tell you. The quality of the therapeutic relationship is the number one predictor of a good outcome for you, and I don’t want to waste either of our time.
My favorite style of this work is group. I’m pretty confident that when most people think of group they picture a bunch of stranger in folding chairs awkwardly sharing and simultaneously trying to figure out any reason to leave. That’s the movie version, and it has never been my experience. To me group has always been this sacred process where I’ve seen the most growth in people in the shortest amount of time. It is magic. Is group awkward? Yep. But isn’t everything when you aren’t used to it? In my experience, by the time you’re done with the first one most people are excited to continue. Is group scary? Only before you start, and the first 15 minutes. Will you cry in front of other people? That kind of depends on if you want to. All the research has my back on this - group works. It is the most effective form of therapy. It fosters connection, reduces feelings of loneliness, increases your ability to relate to humanity, and encourages self-compassion. In every one of the groups I’ve done, we reach a place (rather early on) where at the end of the session people don’t want to leave. They linger about in my office talking and visiting and I eventually have to heard them out. I love it. It is a wonderful problem to have.
All of the groups I run these days are based on a curriculum. I’m certified to facilitate the following curricula: Daring Greatly™, Rising Strong™, BOLD™, The Gifts of Imperfection™ (all of which are based on the research of Brene Brown); I am also certified to provide The Incredible Years, Circle of Security, Triple P, and Attachment Vitamins (all of which are based on the research and principles of positive parenting, and attachment theory).
In individual sessions, I pull from all of these curricula, as well as other clinical training I’ve had.
I cut my teeth in the world of addiction treatment. I’ve worked in suicide prevention, treatment centers, jail, a pediatric clinic, a group practice and at Children’s Home Society of Washington, where I first met Justin. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University (2008), and a Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University (2012).