- CSS Humanistic and Clinical Psychology
I have been a practicing Psychotherapist since 1979. Since then, I have worked in Community Mental Health, Behavioral Health in a large HMO and private practice. I am the founder and director of The Northwest Center for Mindful Living, offering a variety of services including: psychotherapy, supervision, consultation and community education / training.
My foundational clinical background is in Marriage and Family Therapy based in systemic thinking. In these early years, I sought extensive training in Structural, Narrative and Eriksonian therapies. Since then, I have broadened my clinical work to include specialized training in Mindfulness Based approaches (MBSR, ACT & DBT), interpersonal neurobiology and trauma based somatic work. I continue to work towards healing from a wholistic perspective, exploring both the internal and external influences that contribute to one's suffering. My clinical approach may include movement, writing or other creative interventions beyond traditional talk therapy.
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Aging/Adult Development Caregiving Clinical Mental Health Stress and Coping Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Integrative Mental Health Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Spirituality Counseling Couples and Families Health Psychology Health and Wellness Marriage & Family Family Therapy Mood Disorders Depression Psychology Counseling Psychology PTSD/Trauma Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Education History
Degree Institution Year MSW University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1983 MA, Child & Family Studies Washington State University, Pullman, WA 1981 BSW SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY 1975
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member NASW Member WSSCSW Board / Member Women's Therapy Referral Service (WTRS) Member WAMFT
LICSW, Washington State
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Board Member Women's Therapy Referral Service
- Professional Skills
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor; Somatic Approaches to Trauma; Systemic Based Marriage & Family Therapy; Self-Relations Therapy; Mind-Body-Spirit approach to healing