What I Love
My passion is to empower the people that I work with. I adapt scientifically proven counseling and therapy techniques to meet my individual clients’ needs. I offer counseling for a number of different mental and emotional challenges right here in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. I currently specialize in treating trauma and abuse, and I also treat depression, anxiety, and grief and loss issues.
I first became passionate about this field when I was in my early 20’s, entering counseling myself where I met a caring professional who made a difference in my life. I knew I was a good listener and cared about other people, but like many young people I lacked direction. As I reflected on my experiences and my strengths, I began to realize that this is what I was meant to do with my life!
In the course of earning my undergraduate degree I worked with men and women at a sexual assault center in Spokane, and saw first hand the struggles and challenges of recovering from abuse and trauma. Later, as I gained further experience in my graduate training I saw so many people struggling with depression, anxiety and addiction issues that often stem from trauma or troubling experiences that haunt them. I decided I needed to become an expert as a trauma and abuse therapist.
My education and credentials
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. This means I am a professional therapist able to diagnose and treat mental disorders and I have over 14 years experience doing this.
I received my Bachelor of Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University and my Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Michigan, the top-ranked clinical social work program in the nation.
Since graduating in 2005 I’ve become trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and other counseling techniques. These allow me to provide you with the best clinical care available, all of which have proven results.
I’ve also earned certification as an EMDR therapist and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, one of a very few in the area who have both certifications.
Think we might be a good fit? Please email or call my office today at 509-531-6698 to learn more about my counseling practice in the Tri-Cities area (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco) of Washington state.