Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, LCSW, ICAADC, LCAS
New Openings! Life can be overwhelming with all of the various circumstances, responsibilities, and pressures we face. Sometimes there are past issues, that no matter how hard we try to shake, they just won’t let go. We want to be able to figure it out on our own, but sometimes we need extra support.
No matter the reason a person seeks counseling, a listening ear and a safe place to share can foster healing and allow progress toward wholeness. As your counselor, I hope to provide a space for you, free of judgment, where we address your concerns and help you work toward a fulfilled and free life.
Are you unsatisfied with your current situation? Are you wanting to make some kind of change in your life or your relationship? Whether you’re struggling with trauma, addiction, conflict,infidelity, parenting or financial problems, I want to come along side you to help you identify and get out of the rut you’re in. Maybe you are preparing for marriage and want to start with a solid foundation with your partner? Maybe you and your partner have experienced infidelity, have difficulty connecting or communicating and have difficulty working through these issues on your own? Together we can begin to repair the relationship.
I view the therapist-client relationship as a partnership to address your wellness goals. You are the expert of your story, goals, and process. My role is to provide a safe space to reflect, process, and heal, while working with you to identify strengths and tools to help. I incorporate a systems theory approach. Often in life, we create dynamics of "me versus them", when in reality there are multiple influences on a situation. Systems theory in therapy keeps in mind the context and complexities that might affect our emotions, perspectives, and relationships.
Something needs to change. The confusion, sense of loss, and unpredictable flashes from one emotion to another seem to turn every day upside down. And that feeling! Knowing things are not right but struggling to find the answers, the solutions to move forward. Stepping from where you are to where you long to be is so much more possible than you may now realize!
I believe humans are best seen through our relationships: with our parents, siblings, friends; with those who harmed us and even the relationships between the different parts of our self. Where difficult relationships have caused pain, healthy relationships can facilitate healing. I believe counseling can be one such relationship. I have worked with people of all ages, but find I’m best suited for teens and young adults. I work well with a number of mental health challenges, such as: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief as well difficulty adjusting to life stressors and transitions.
Hi! I'm a highly skilled Marriage & Family therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience with clients & supervision of interns. I have a B.S. in Communications & a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. My office is located in Maple Valley in the Capstone building, suite 202. If you are in need of immediate help/relief or looking for long-term therapy, I can definitely address your concerns as I am trained in both. My areas of expertise are working with adults, teens, couples, and families looking to create authentic, lasting change. My style is open, collaborative, compassionate, & directive. Telehealth welcome.
I offer a nonjudgmental, culturally competent, and inviting place to be and understand yourself, as well as a safe environment to process experiences that may be painful to talk about. I use a person centered approach and incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness into my practice.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and ethnicities. I partiularly enjoy young children and adolescents who are struggling in school or home and need to learn to express themselves. I also enjoy helping young people to be able to navigate through school transitions, home life challenges and relationship challenges.
As your therapist, my goal is to be an ally and collaborate with you to help you find balance in an otherwise chaotic world. One of my first priorities when working with a new client is to hear their story. Through that, I strive to empower you so that you can live the life you want and deserve. I will help you go inward and make sustainable changes, so that you grow into the best version of yourself. I see clients a whole person with many functioning parts/roles making up who they are and how they see the world.
My ideal client is a married couple with relationship challenges and I use some of the Gottman material. I also thrive while working with women or men facing depression or anxiety in addition to those who are transitioning to the golden years of life.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and drained by the demands of work, home or relationships? Is your child making choices you are worried about? Are you stuck in a cycle you can't seem to break out of? You are not alone. I am here to listen, explore and discover what you want in life and how we can get you there. I work collaboratively with you to heal, grow and live the life you desire. I consider the whole you, our interactions and your social and cultural connections in our work.
Relationships are not easy. They can challenge us to our very limits as we try to love other people and simultaneously hold onto our own sense of self at the same time. It can feel overwhelming and disorienting to navigate the emotions, interaction cycles, and patterns at play in relationships. As painful as these challenges are, they are ultimately the key to our growth, development, and evolution as humans. I specialize in working with couples who want a better partnership, and want to feel heard, valued, and understood. I help couples to find connection in their emotional, mental, sexual, spiritual, and intimate relationship.
Congratulations on taking the step to seek out help for your psychological well-being and thank you for considering Resilience Psychological Associates. Life, at times, simply comes with challenges, and we can best actualize our best selves and happiness by growing our ability to manage our thoughts, emotions, feelings and behavior. Through the use of talk and cognitive behavioral therapy, and other modalities, our work together will be one of intentionality and commitment to developing you and/or your family to be the most resilient possible.
**My practice is currently full. If you would like to be added to my waitlist please send: Name, email, phone, insurance type or private pay specification. I am no longer taking Kaiser Clients. Thank you!** My JOY is helping people live full, meaningful, purposeful lives, while moving past their traumas and difficulties while feeling heard, valued and appreciated for who they are. You're not broken: You're a beautiful person in the process of becoming your best self! I also coach high-performing women to go from burnout to breakthrough in their careers, with less stress.
Whether working on self-care, or working through life's challenges, investing time and effort into your mental health is important to overall health. I am here to help. I view clients as the expert on their lives, and our work together is a partnership combining your expertise on your life, with my clinical experience and training. Every client is unique, and I use an integrative approach tailored to your learning style, the presenting issue, and your goals in counseling. Drawing from relational theory, I view the therapeutic relationship as a key factor in facilitating growth and change.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, I view my work with adults, teens, and families as collaborative in helping clients rediscover their sense of self within the context of their environment. I believe that in order to have a complete understanding of the individual, it is necessary to have an understanding of the individual within the context of his or her family system, identifying strengths and vulnerabilities. I believe that these relationships we have with others impact the way we think and behave as well as play a great role in healing journeys that can be both useful in individual and family therapy.
As children and teens learn who they are and how to navigate being in this world, they can stumble into unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving. Children and teens suffering from challenges such as depression, anxiety, social anxiety, self-harm or defiance can learn new and healthy ways to think and act and to feel better. Helping children and empowering their parents is my passion. Together through art, talk and play we will explore and utilize the child's and family's strengths. We will build upon joy and face the shadows creating a skill set from which children can draw to live their best lives.
I am ready to work with you no matter where you are on your life path or your readiness to change. I would especially love to work with you if you have ever felt marginalized, unacceptable, unlovable, stuck, traumatized, or doomed because of your past.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Maple Valley are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Maple Valley then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Maple Valley, or Child Psychologists in Maple Valley.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Maple Valley psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Maple Valley specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.