Counseling and psychotherapy from a strengthening and restorative perspective
My graduate work was done at Central Washington University, where I was awarded my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in August, 2000. I received departmental recognition for excellence in the area of graduate study and research, which culminated in publication of my thesis entitled "Undergraduates' Expectations for Combining Work and Family Roles." I completed my internship at Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health, and was hired by that agency to continue my work as a therapist working primarily with individuals coming in under the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) plans. My clinical skills grew as I worked within this group practice office with on-site medical staff, and I gained competency in treating clients of all ages and a broad spectrum of concerns. I was granted state licensure in December, 2002. After 4 years, I moved to the clinic in Ellensburg, where my competencies expanded within their community mental health setting. In January, 2007, I left CWCMH to open my private practice, which had been a goal since my graduate studies. My professional training and experience has emphasized empirically valid treatment, dependent on scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of the treatment protocol I employ.