About Me

I have a Master of Arts degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University in the Systems Counseling Track.  I completed my MA internship at the Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities where I worked with a diverse group of individual, couple, and group clients as well as conducting workshops for LGBT couples.  Following my MA Program I had the opportunity to be part of the research team at John Gottman’s Relationship Research Institute where I was able to work on two major studies and learn the Gottman Specific Affect (SPAFF) Coding System.  My undergraduate degree is a B.A. from Haverford College in Pennsylvania with a major in the Growth and Structure of Cities.  I am also a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

I have a diverse professional background that informs my practice.  I've been a city planner, worked in the software industry, and have extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily around organizational leadership and developing innovative civic engagement strategies.  I've worked in the environmental community, in the LGBTQ community, and for a range of social change causes.  Having been an organizational executive director and also having chaired and served on a variety of Boards of Directors, I have extensive experience with organizational development, strategic planning, and coaching individuals on fulfilling their professional goals.

My move to psychotherapy is based in my belief that social change starts at the individual level.  I believe that we are all powerful agents for change in our own lives and in the larger society, and I work with individuals, couples, and groups to unleash this inner power. 

I am a former President, VIce-President, Past-President and Program Committee Co-Chair of the Seattle Counselors Association.  I am also a member in good standing of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling

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