I have made my home and established a private practice in the Pacific Northwest. Through my work, I am committed to helping people overcome addictions to alcohol and drugs, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and other stresses that affect all of us at some time in our lives.
I believe that healing is a collaborative endeavor that requires honest caring without judgment, and I cooperatively assist my clients in clarifying their goals for treatment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, I draw from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. As a therapist, I am warm, open, encouraging, and direct. I consider myself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling.
My credentials include the following:
Advanced Addiction Counselor (AAC)
Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
Master of Social Work (MSW), Florida State University, Tallahassee
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), University of Texas, Austin
I have over 22 years of experience as a mental health counselor. Before starting my own practice, I was a psychotherapist and urgent care counselor at Austin Regional Clinic (later named Integrated Mental Health). Prior to that, I was the social services director at Palmview Psychiatric Hospital in Lakeland, Florida. I have assisted victims at the Center for Battered Women, and have worked with adolescents and adults in overseas military schools and other psychiatric settings.
I have a wealth of volunteer experience working with the elderly, high risk populations, and supervision. I am currently working with a local police department to establish a peer support program and have extensive knowledge of the stresses inherent within the law enforcement industry.
I have vast experience counseling clients with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse. My background enables me to be an extremely effective social worker who is comfortable counseling diverse groups of people.