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. 

 

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