While working in the field of Mental Health for over 20 years, I have had the opportunity to work in several agencies, including work in residential treatment with teens and work with younger kids in two different school districts. Offering support and guidance in the context of counseling has been and continues to be my passion!
As a result of having worked so many years in the school system, I have attained a clear understanding of the developmental stages an elementary student negotiates from kindergarten to the beginning of middle school. My time with adolescents in residential treatment settings and in home settings has been a strong source of experience as well. The physical and emotional growth children and adolescents must navigate during their developmental years has never ceased to amaze and inspire me!
Parents get to stretch and grow along with their kids, too! In addition to interacting with students, I was available to parents for counseling, guidance and support. I love connecting and collaborating with parents.
One area os specialty for me is OCD and Anxiety Disorders. Both OCD and Anxiety are most effectively treated with CBT which is
Cogntive-Behavioral Treatment. Additionally, ERP which is Exposure and Response Prevention, is used with CBT for treatment of OCD.
Part of my training is in systems theory, which means I keep in mind the context of my client’s life and the various systems with which he or she is connected. When working with anyone I consider the family system, school system, peer system and other aspects such as developmental stage, gender and cultural influence. I use CBT and ER/P
Pacific Lutheran University
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
University of Oregon
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Washington Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Family Systems Northwest
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Outstanding Educator Award, 2003
Eagle Award for Dedicated Service to Students and Teachers, 2008