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.

To be broken, is no reason to see ALL things as broken. When we keep choosing between right and wrong, we spend our energy trying to sort life. Only from the wholeness of life can we see how the spirit in a body navigates life. Life’s a paradox. We’re all continually asked to learn what we need and to learn how to ask for what we need only to practice accepting what we’re given. The reward for asking for what we need is that we become intimate with our own nature! We learn who we are by standing in who we are. It’s the rhythm between our own nature and the nature of life that allows us to find the thread that we are in the unseeable connections that hold everything together.
— Mark Nepo

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

  • Mentorship & Leadership, Char Sundust, 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, Char Sundust, 2017

  • Spiritual Intuitive Development Program, Char Sundust, 2016

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

  • Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive Training, Kristen Neff, Ph.D. and Christopher Germer, Ph.D., 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.