About Me

Journey to Discovery

I'm a native Californian who spent many years up in the Pacific Northwest learning the art of journeying towards health. As I learned the skills of wilderness life, I learned the skills of healing - for myself and others. and what that means in community. 

I now serve as a guide for others seeking healing and wholeness as an EMDRIA certified therapist. To those experiencing the brokenness of relationship with themselves, companions, family, the environment and spiritual communities, I offer a way forward.  With advanced trainings in attachment, recent incident trauma, childhood trauma, sexual assault, anxiety, depression and co-dependency, we work together to create healing. 

I gained my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2013 and have 20 years of experience working with children, teens and families who are struggling with mental health, behavioral or relationship problems. I enjoy working with individuals and couples to work through life stage transitions and relationship challenges.

My prior work with teens and young adults was as a youth worker and wilderness guide with Young Life and youth pastor (PCUSA). Through this work it became evident the need for places of deep healing and understanding to be available for individuals, couples and families. Becoming a therapist has grown my clinical skills to match my heart for working with people in emotional and relational pain.

Personally, I am married to an educator and have two children. I love being in nature, swimming, singing, backpacking and spending time with my favorite people. I am active in a local church and in social justice issues locally and globally. I love to learn and see every person as someone from whom I can learn.

Poetry

“The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
― Wendell Berry, The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry

Education and Membership

Seattle Pacific University - BA. History
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
CSU, Sacramento - MS. Counseling Education
EMDR International Association