I have been working with teens and young adults for over 25 years. Originally an outdoor educator, I taught leadership and wilderness skills on remote expeditions. In 1998 I created a wilderness therapy program at a residential drug and alcohol treatment center. Through this experience I discovered a love for the therapeutic process and became a therapist. In 2008 I graduated from LIOS Bastyr University with a MA degree in Systems Counseling/Applied Behavioral Science.
I specialize in adolescent and family issues and currently practice Functional Family Therapy (FFT), an evidence-based program that serves families with teenagers involved in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare systems. Marital issues can affect all family members, and I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidence-based practice for couples.
My work with families in distress led me to seek additional training for individuals engaged in high-risk behaviors. I completed foundational training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2013 and started this private practice. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors and raising my son, who has special needs.