Before I worked as a psychotherapist, I worked as a contract psychotherapist for Children's Administration for three years. Before that, I worked for several years as a residential counselor in a group home for adults, and as a clinical case manager in an outpatient community mental health agency working with chronically mentally ill individuals. I have also worked to help homeless veterans find housing.
My first internship was at the Seattle Veterans’ Hospital and the second one was as an outpatient Child and Family Therapist, at Navos. I am a member of the National Association of Social Work.
I have a Masters Degree in International Studies: Russian/East European Studies from George Washington University. In addition, I got a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington: Tacoma.
I approach counseling as a collaborative alliance between client and therapist. I aim to assist clients in better understanding themselves in the context of their family histories and current relationships. Once this has been achieved, I help clients make substantive changes to their relationships and their lives and work to remove the negative patterns, making life more enjoyable. I use several modalities, including existentialism (working on meaning), mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused techniques. If at any point you have questions or concerns about our relationship or the direction of your treatment, please feel free to address these with me.