My number one core value is personal freedom—freedom to be who you are, to express who you are, and to be accepted for who you are. It’s so gratifying to work with clients who once felt restricted, closed-off, or just genuinely stuck in their lives. I genuinely love to help people find new perspectives so they can start living a life that’s aligned with their true goals and biggest visions.
At the heart of the matter, this is about helping people let go of the need for approval from others as they discover their authentic truth. I focus on helping my clients believe in their own agency—I help them become an active participant in their personal destiny. My approach is about building confidence; it’s about supporting people as they learn how to trust themselves, their own instincts and intuition. Perhaps most importantly, it’s about having the courage to act on those instincts. Though I facilitate these steps, it’s my clients who define what the actions look like and how far they want to take their goals.
Trusting yourself allows you to identify and adhere to the boundaries you have established for yourself. My goal is to help you release limiting beliefs and identify any maladaptive coping behaviors that might be rooted in past trauma. I’m here to tell you that I’ve seen many, many people learn to be very effective in creating the life that they dream of.
Officially speaking, I am a Licensed Mental Health Care Counselor Associate; practically speaking, I am a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and coach. I’ve been doing this work in the Queen Anne neighborhood and elsewhere in Seattle since 2011. For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed giving back. Volunteer projects took me from North Seattle to Central and South America; from the public health sector to hospice. I knew that helping others was my calling, but I somehow ended up in the corporate world and struggled with feelings of complete loss and an utter lack of meaning. When I decided to leave that path and launch my own coaching and hypnotherapy practice, I was able to combine my love of entrepreneurship with my sincere desire to help people make positive changes. In 2015, I followed up my initial training with an MA in clinical mental health counseling; this additional certification allows me to work with an even more diverse population.
My clients often tell me that I’m very grounded and down-to-earth but ultimately, I’m inspired by them. My brave and vulnerable clients inform my holistic approach to mental health and wellness; the great strides I’ve witnessed tell me that my favorite modalities and good old-fashioned tuned-in attention and care work. They really work! My therapeutic method is designed to help you let go of what’s holding you back and create a more authentic version of who you are.
Areas of interest and special training:
The goal of couples therapy using the Gottman Method is to increase intimacy, affection, and respect between you, and to defuse contentious verbal communication. Once we remove these barriers, you will experience a heightened sense of empathy and understanding of your partner, leading to more harmonious interactions.
With this very well documented treatment modality, I guided you into a relaxed state and help you focus your awareness on targeted subjects. Together we hone your attention so vividly that other thoughts just don’t come into play. In this concentrated state of relaxation, we can really get to what’s going on—what you want, what you truly feel and can connect to, and what you’re capable of achieving.
The thinking behind positive psychotherapy has to do with clients using their innate, emotional strengths to progress and move forward. It’s about nurturing all your human potential, and calling on your emotional intelligence to map out a more fulfilling life.
In simplest terms, coaching is about outer actions and things that can be observed and assigned (think: checklists and journaling) while therapy deals with the inner mind. But really, these two practices work well in tandem with each other and I like to use the best of all my training when I’m with clients.