Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be. ― Heath L. Buckmaster
I firmly believe that, in the words of Rainer Maria Rilke, no feeling is final, and that often it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.
I believe in the humanistic approach to counseling that places the individual above all modalities and theories. You’re the culmination of a lifetime of experiences, thoughts, and relationships. You’re infinitely more complex that any one theory/modality can possibly do justice.
I work with couples seeking to reestablish trust, improve their relationship and communicate better. I also work with young men undergoing challenging transitions in their personal/professional life, and adolescent males coping with the challenges of social pressures and family issues. We’ll collaborate on generating self-awareness and insight. We’ll create a set of tools and new perspectives that will enable positive change.
When appropriate, I will use a directive approach to help guide you in your journey, pulling from many different theories in my work. I’ve been trained in such modalities as Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems theory and psychoanalytic theory. I’m certified in Functional Family Therapy, and have honed my skills as a therapist during my time as a counselor for the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice system, where I helped troubled families and adolescents learn to communicate more effectively, gain more self insight, and resolve conflicts in a healthy manner.
But I ultimately believe the most important healing tool that a therapist can provide is human connection, so I strive to create an authentic therapeutic environment and relationship that is a safe container where people feel seen, understood and supported.
My hope is that through counseling people can grow to be more authentic with themselves and others, have more healthy and secure attachments in their relationships, and have a greater sense of control and empowerment in their lives.
I use my unique life experiences and education for the benefit of helping others improve their lives, careers, and relationships. You can expect an engaged, productive therapeutic relationship focused on helping you reach your goals, whether that is getting “unstuck”, managing anger or conflict, finding a better way forward in relationships, or generally living a life of deeper satisfaction.
I earned my degree at Seattle University’s highly regarded Masters of Psychology program where I studied existential psychology. After completing my graduate training I became certified in Functional Family Therapy and worked as a therapist for the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice System, counseling troubled adolescents and their families. This gave me a solid background in counseling adolescents boys and young men struggling to find their place in the world. This family systems expertise often applies to my couples work as well.
I write a regular blog for Psychology Today. It can be seen here.
I have 2 offices in Seattle: First Hill (Cabrini Medical Tower,and the Greenlake neighborhood (Ravenna Office Building, 444 NE Ravenna Blvd). I also have a location in beautiful downtown Edmonds (300 Admiral Way, on the waterfront).
I have studied in the areas of:
- Family Therapy and Conflict Resolution
- Existential Therapy
- Stress Control
- Communication Skills
- Anger Management
- Adolescent Psychological Development
- Family Systems Theory
- Career Counseling
- Relational Therapy
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in Washington State, Credential #MC60404032 Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Existential Phenomenological emphasis) from Seattle University, with clinical training/internship at Valley Cities Counseling. I am a certified practitioner of Functional Family Therapy. Regular Contributor to Psychology Today
Certified in Functional Family Therapy (FFT), former counselor with the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice System.
I’m an active member of:
–APA’s Society for Humanistic Psychology
- Seattle Counselors Association (SCA)
- American Mental Health Counselors Assoc (AMHCA)
- Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology