I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington State.
I have studied and trained as a psychotherapist earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Bastyr University. Bastyr is known for its focus on holistic mind, body, spirit healing mission.
I combine evidence based practices, traditional healing, and environmental context to foster embodied whole-person healing.
I book psychotherapy through my practice at Wise Self Counseling.
IFS is a powerful, evidence-based psychotherapeutic model developed by Richard Schwartz. This modality is non-pathologizing , normalizes multiplicity of the mind, and posits we are all whole and have Self-energy that heals our system.
Throughout life, we have Parts which take on roles to protect us from people, events, and circumstances. When Parts' behaviors that once protected us no longer serve us, we can work towards Self-Leadership to help the Parts realize they can take on a new role for the system.
Somatic IFS facilitates healing the relationship between our body and mind.
IFS Therapist Level 1
EMDR facilitates our brain's natural healing process. In this therapy, the client will experience bilateral stimulation as they reprocess distressing experiences. When our system was overwhelmed by an event in the past, we were not able to properly store the memory and can become activated in our current experience by some fragmented part of the past memory. Sometimes we do not even realize we are making choices now based on events from the past. This process changes the way a distressing memory is stored in the brain. We'll be able to access the memory and any lessons learned from it, but we will no longer have instinctual or gut reactions we do not understand based on the original experience.
We are thinking beings and when our thinking parts or beliefs get the in way of our goals, ACT is a great way to mindful awareness to our thought process.
This approach helps clients increase psychological flexibility which helps them see more potential. It helps one realize there are options and choices. Some folx find they do not have practice identifying or making choices. Some folx do not know who they really are which impacts the ability to make meaningful goals. ACT has processes that takes one through the steps of identifying what they-not their family, not their community- value. Then they can see how to make choices that will bring them closer to their goals. An ACT approach helps folx realize they are not their feelings. One can have a strong feeling and still live intentionally.
My Dears, they call it spelling for a reason. Words have power and frequency. They can be used consciously to reprogram your subconscious.
Sometimes this is easy. Sometimes, not so much. There are many ways to support your system as you set your intentions. We work with your unique situation to find the best way to shift your energy to support your mind to align with your Truth.
Trauma informed care takes a holistic look at a person's life experiences. There are various forms and frequencies of trauma. Instead of labeling a person who has a challanging behavior, we look at what happened to that person and support their process of healing the trauma in their system. Then they can learn a new way to move through the world. Even in my role as a clinical psychotherapist, I generally avoid patoloagizing and diagnosing if at all possible.
I take time to examine my intersectionality. I identify my areas of privilege and my biases. I strive to be mindful of folx experiences in the fullness of their past, present, and future. This is ongoing work. The universe is amazing and beautiful in all its expressions. I aim to show up with authenticity. I am also aware cultural and systemic structures create inequity and know this creates a disproportionate impact on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folx.
As a psychotherapist, I specialize in life transitions, identity, empowerment, and post-traumatic growth. Symptoms of anxiety and depression are often addressed within these areas so that you find relief, create more space to make values aligned choices, and live intentionally.
I invite you to learn more about my psychotherapy practice for Washington State residents.