Counseling and psychotherapy from a strengthening and restorative perspective
My professional mission is to help people grow and strengthen their positive attributes, provide healing restoration where past injury has occurred, and to empower every client to find meaning, purpose and satisfaction in life.
Confidentiality is of utmost importance. Every effort is made for privacy within the office setting. I am bound by both law and professional ethics to maintain confidentiality of all paperwork and conversations associated with your counseling. There are a few legal exceptions to this, with the most common exceptions having to do with safety (e.g.: a person indicates a clear intention to hurt him/herself or someone else; known or suspected abuse of a child, dependent adult, or developmentally disabled person). When it is appropriate to share information related to your treatment (i.e., for payment of benefits, coordination of care with other healthcare providers), the Authorization for Release of Information form allows clients to identify whom I may contact, and which pieces of information I may discuss.
Treatment Models Used
The majority of my practice uses techniques associated with Cognitive Behavioral (CBT). I also use the following models/orientations of therapy when appropriate to the client: Brief Solution-Focused; Recovery Model; EMDR; DBT; Existential; Family Systems; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Narrative; Reality; Self-Acceptance Training; Parent Training; Eclectic.
I work primarily with individuals and couples, and am currently seeing people ages 10 and older.
I work with clients of any ethnicity, gender, sexual or religious orientation.
M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA August, 2000. Recognition Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Psychology Dept., June 2000.
Published Thesis: "Undergraduates' Expectations For Combining Work and Family Roles," August 2000.
Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor #LH00007852, since December 2002
Accepted Insurance Plans
Group Health, Premera, Regence, Uniform Medical Plan, BlueCross/BlueShield, First Choice Health Network, and LifeWise.
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If you have questions about insurance coverage, please ask about it when you arrange your first visit.
My office is conveniently located in downtown Ellensburg, just a few miles from the I-90 interchanges. Nearby towns include: Kittitas, Thorp, Cle Elum, Easton, Yakima, Wenatchee, Tri-Cities, Issaquah, and Seattle.