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 (since 2010)

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 trained in EMDR, but my main approach to working with clients is through Internal Family Systems. I completed Level 1 and Level 2 trainings in Internal Family Systems in 2020. I am currently a Program Assistant for Level 1 IFS training. IFS is 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. 

 

Address

920 N. Argonne Rd. Suite 206

Spokane Valley, WA 99212

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

Contact

509-499-9337

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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