I graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington and earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. I am currently, a licensed Clinical Social Worker working towards an advanced license. Perhaps more importantly, I am a seasoned parent whose own four children range in age from twenty to eleven years old, and together we are meeting challenges that come with acting out, ADD, ADHD, adoption, anger, anxiety disorders, chronic pain, classroom disruptions, dyslexia, eating disorders, family strife, learning delays, and pottying problems. Further, I understand how to be a parent-advocate for children within our public education system, particularly for children with Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.).
My role as a therapist is to collaborate with my clients to find real-life solutions to everyday challenges. Our work together will include collaboratively creating individual and family plans, learning and practicing healthy coping strategies, leveraging art, music, and play therapies. I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, and the Floortime Model. I place value in discovering family and individual strengths and using these strengths to find creative solutions. The parenting challenges we face are real and so are the means to address them—you don’t have to struggle through these alone. My own life provides a healthy sense of “I get ya, mom/dad” to my practice. I love being with my family, as we are working together, laughing and playing, I enjoy yoga, and swimming. I am an avid gardener and I sing alto in a local chorus.