Originally trained as a Family Systems Therapist, I have broadened my skills during my career to incorporate many different modalities, including Transpersonal, Ericsonian, Somatic, Brief, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Feminist Therapies. Upon occasion, I throw a little Gestalt in from time to time! Since my specialty is Family Systems Therapy, I especially enjoy work with couples and multiple family members at a time. I am confident I can support and lend guidance to parents—single, divorcing or disagreeing—as well as to blended or alternative families, and transitioning individuals and couples. Unlike many therapists, I often work both with the couple, and will see them as individuals as well when doing so is clinically appropriate and all parties agree to this arrangement.
I have worked with hundreds of people in a multitude of contexts; those who are highly educated and professionally successful and those who are struggling to survive. Most of my clients are not terribly dramatic: they are couples in conflict or suffering disengagement; teens acting out or confused about their next steps; families needing redirection and parenting skills; people wanting support around sexual orientation or alternative relationships; those suffering from anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief, or isolation. I work with domestic violence, coercive control situations, low-self-esteem, and trauma as well. In other words, I provide services for all types of clients experiencing a wide variety of situations.
I am equally confident working with difficult, high drama, and extremely stressful situations as I am with more calmer circumstances and clients. It has been my honor to assist substance abusers and codependents, court mandated individuals and families, hospice patients, domestic violence situations, “at risk” youth, newly blinded individuals, trauma victims, witness protection participants, ex-convicts, and so forth.
On a More Personal Note
I am deeply spiritual, but not religious, am cis female and a very “out” lesbian, am an adoptive mother of three Chinese born daughters, and am happily married to my beautiful wife who I have been with now for many, many years. We live in beautiful Washington State near the Canadian border on a beautiful parcel that allows me to host retreats and conduct therapeutic travel groups. I love to hang with my family, travel (most anywhere), cook, talk deeply with others, watch movies, attend theater and concerts, be of service, and sit in my spa! I don’t like personal accounting, working out, doing yardwork or cleaning my house…but I do these things anyway.
As an LGBTQI+ and queer-identified person, I love my community member clients, although interestingly, the vast majority of my case load has been straight people. However you identify, you will be respected by me: however you experience yourself in gender/intersex/non-binary/other, sexual orientation, philosophy, and so forth is beautiful. I also have worked with people from cultures that diverge from my own. I love working with people who enliven my life with new ways of thinking and being in the world. I am likely to be super comfortable with you, however you define yourself and your circumstances.