I am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle and previously at The Evergreen Clinic in Kirkland. I have been honored to have had the experience of providing counseling services for the past 20+ years in a wide variety of settings including individual, family, and groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While I treat a wide range of issues that motivate clients to seek counseling, I have a special interests in working with Anxiety and related disorders, Depression, Adjustment Disorders in response to major life transitions (divorce/separation, college life, independence, career adjustment). Even though my focus in on the individual, I encourage the participation of family members in treatment if desired and appropriate, and have skill and experience working with a diverse range of family and partner relationships.
Additionally, I am a certified Child Mental Health Specialist and have specific training and experience working with child and adolescent mental health including emotional, behavioral, educational and parenting issues.
I am trained in Collaborative Divorce and mediation and I utilize the collaborative model when working with individuals and children in the divorce process. Although parents may be in different processes such as litigation or mediation, I adhere to Collaborative's focus on supporting growth, healing and a positive future vision for all the individuals involved. My professional and personal goal is to promote resilience and I and strive to minimize the negative stigma and repercussions that divorce has traditionally fostered.
Raised by two exceptional and devoted teachers, I have been drawn to mentoring, teaching and sharing skills and knowledge. I have taught at the community college level, introductory and developmental psychology and am a frequent presenter for groups interested in learning about children's needs in divorce, parenting in divorce and using Collaborative Child Specialists in mediation.
Presentations and Trainings
Cascadia Collaborative Practice, Seattle, October 2013; "The Child Specialist"
Bainbridge Island Collaborative Practice, January 2013; "The Child Specialist: Successful Integration in Collaborative Teams"
King County Bar Association, Seattle, April 2013 & November 2018; "Children's Reactions to Divorce"
International Association of Collaborative Professionals, San Antonio Texas, October 2013 "The Child Specialist: Successful Integration in Collaborative Teams"
American Professional Association of Family Mediators, San Diego California, October 2014 "Utilizing the Child Specialist and Divorce Coach in Mediation"
International Association of Collaborative Professionals, October, 2018 "The Child Specialist's Role in Divorce"
International Association of Collaborative Professionals April, 2021"Benefits of the Child Specialist Role in Divorce"
Maximum Mom Podcast with Elise Buie, January, 2021 "Understanding and Truly Hearing what is Happening in Your Child"
Education and Practice
MS, Western Washington University
MA, Argosy University
Certificate, Community College Faculty Preparation, Western Washington University
Washington State Registered Counselor since 1994
Washington State Licensed Counselor since 2006