WA State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
MA Psychology 1985 – Antioch University, Seattle
Private practice in Bellingham since 1998
I have over 25 years experience assisting people with relationships, trauma and loss, depression, anxiety, and blocks to creativity and self-expression.
My approach is centered in a compassionate conversation, which invites awareness and self-care. I may offer activities and skills to help in the healing process, including: stress reduction and relaxation; mindfulness; somatic awareness; active imagination; art; journaling; energy psychotherapy; and cognitive behavioral approaches.
An awareness of the evolving legacy we carry forward from our families is woven through my work. My therapeutic orientation also draws from process psychology, mindfulness training, and the new research on the neuropsychology of trauma.
My professional experience includes work in outpatient mental health clinics, and clinical work at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. I have been a contracted therapist with Brigid Collins Family Support Center for over 10 years.
In addition to my work with individuals, I help families with divorce, parenting training, behavioral and emotional concerns, and abuse.
I have been actively involved in spiritual practice and retreat for over 30 years, and have a great love for nature, which fuels my interest in ecopsychology.
I appreciate the diversity of cultural heritage found in this community. I am always seeking to deepen my understanding. I am a mother, a gardener, and a lover of music.