Philosophy and Approach

 

I believe all human beings strive to create fulfilling lives with meaningful connections to others.  

Having a greater understanding of our strengths and weaknesses enables us to make better decisions that lead to living the life we imagine for ourselves. 

Through therapy, I assist clients in gaining insight into themselves, how they want to grow, and how they can create changes to live a more authentic life.  

Feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, shame, hopelessness, and anxiety often derive from negative patterns developed over time as coping mechanisms. Recognizing these negative patterns help clients find solutions for positive change that is healthy and empowering. 

I provide a safe and collaborative environment in which individuals can explore and learn to identify both their specific needs and their inherent strengths so they can move forward with intention. 

My theoretical approach is based on existential theory and cognitive orientations. I use psycho-dynamic, client-centered, narrative, and emotion-awareness methods to tailor therapy to each individual’s needs. 

Education 

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. 

Experience

My educational experience includes academic study as well as extensive clinical work.

During my internship, I provided therapy to individuals with a broad variety of mood disorders, trauma, loss and grief, relationship, and life transition issues. I am also experienced in working with sexual minorities and sexual identity issues.  

My life experience is not only multicultural (I am fluent in both English and Spanish), but I have a life-long interest in psychology and philosophy. This experience has helped me develop an understanding of the complexities of human behavior and emotions as well as motivation to overcome the challenges in our lives. 

My Master’s program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), an affiliate of the American Counseling Association (ACA). I am a member of the ACA, and I am a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (License #LH60875557)