My Approach

I am an artist and a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State (LH60830622). I provide psychotherapy services for those seeking to identify their values and dreams, untangle restrictions, and design more practical solutions for living a meaningful life. Often, this includes exploring barriers to self-esteem, tending anxiety and depression, and understanding relationships as members of families impacted by oppression, addiction, and/or mental illness. I work with teens (15-years-old +) and adults in Seattle and Kirkland and offer workshops throughout the year.

Acceptance, self-care, and compassionate social justice are vital to my practice and I believe therapy is most productive when it is collaborative, empathetic, and curious. I enjoy helping clients explore their thoughts, inspirations, and feelings, discover recurring patterns, and address the internal conflicts that betray our best intentions.

My practice is psychodynamic and blends aspects of HumanisticRelational, and Liberation (anti-oppression) psychology, with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions. I incorporate mindfulness and value the contributions of Attachment Theory to understand how we develop patterns with ourselves and others.

The greatest casualty of trauma is vulnerability, the ability to be who we are. What constitutes trauma? Racism, poverty, classism, homophobia, sexism [abuse]...all trauma. When vulnerability becomes a realm of only the privileged, we have lost our capacity to create a school, a home, and a country that we love. We can create a culture of courage.”
— Brené Brown

Education and Training:

  • Clinical Consultation related to Ethics, Race and Social Justice in the Therapeutic Context, and Psychotherapeutic Mindfulness-based Approaches, Current

  • Psychobiology of Oppression, 2018

  • Creating Healthy Attachment in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Susan Johnson, Ed.D. and Dan Hughes, Ph.D., 2018

  • Building Trust and Self-Compassion, Brené Brown, Ph.D. and Ph.D., 2018

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, 2018

  • Applied Spirituality Advanced Training Program, SOI, 2017-2018

  • Spiritual Intuitive Development Program, SOI, 2016-2017

  • Writing Down the Soul, Certificate in Memoir Writing, Pacifica University, 2017

  • Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, 2016

  • Mentorship in the Foundational Concepts of Depth and Archetypal Psychology, 2016-2017

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, 2015

  • Art Therapy, Cascadia Training Center, 2015

  • Familiarity with 12-Step Recovery Concepts

  • Clinical Supervision Towards Licensure, K. Alexandra Onno, Ph.D.

  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Saybrook University, 2015

  • Clinical Counseling Internship, Compass Health, Lynwood, Completed 2015

  • B.A., Literature and Minor in Social Psychology, UNC Asheville, 2005

We must shift our allegiances from fear to curiosity, from attachment to letting go, from control to trust, and from entitlement to humility.
— Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.