About me and my approach

I hold a Master's degree in social work from Eastern Washington University and earned my Bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Montana. I have worked in the field of social work since 1998 serving clients of diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings including:

  • school social work

  • developmental disabilities

  • community based mental health

  • child welfare

  • foster care and adoption

  • private practice 

I work with clients to create change through a collaborative process. I am creative, flexible, neurobiologically and trauma informed.

Over the years I have learned to incorporate several approaches into my practice with clients: The foundation of my training began with narrative therapy  which is a non-blaming and non-pathologizing approach that separates problems from people. I am also trained in EMDR with advanced training in the theory and treatment of Complex PTSD and Dissociation. In 2019, I began my Level 1 (108 hour) training in Internal Family Systems, a transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy which views the mind as naturally multiple, exploring the roles and ways of coping that are taken on as a result of life's difficulties or trauma. This is done through a lens of self-compassion and curiosity. I also draw on the use polyvagal theory along with psychoeducation to help clients begin to make sense of their symptoms and decrease shame. 


Active member: International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation



New Location as of 11/1/19:

920 N. Argonne Rd. Suite 206

Spokane Valley, WA 99212

*Telehealth/virtual services available to both Washington and Idaho State residents.*



Are you experiencing a crisis? The 24/7 Regional Crisis Line is available to those whose health or safety is in danger because of a mental health or substance use condition: 1-877-266-1818.

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