Thank you for reviewing my web page. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you regarding your counseling needs as you determine the best match of a counselor for you. In order to assist you with that decision, please consider the following information:
I work with clients whose issues include interpersonal/relationship difficulties, depression, grief/loss, anxiety, trauma, infidelity (either the faithful or the unfaithful partner), anger, difficulties with parenting, and questions of faith or confusion regarding one's current or future life situation. Having married later in life, and now with a step-family and a trans-racial adopted son and a son from an international adoption, I am also experienced with step-family issues, adoption issues and women's issues.
I tailor my approach with each client, drawing on a skills-based approach, in conjunction with an educational component, to equip clients with the tools that help them address their life circumstances. I use practice and homework to strengthen foundational skills such as communication, emotion management, coping, parenting, etc. For those clients who are interested, I take a biblical (Christian) approach, although, I am happy to work with persons of any faith. When appropriate, I also incorporate the modality of Lifespan Integration to address troubling memories that may persist in a client's life.
It is my hope that clients gain from counseling specific tools they can apply to their lives so that they feel better equipped to deal effectively with their life circumstances.
I have been in the counseling profession for over 35 years and have a wide range of professional and life experiences. I have had the privilege of working with and providing training for the nationally and internationally recognized Homebuilders Program. Additionally, I have worked with children/families in the foster care system and have been in private practice since 2001, initially as a Guardian ad Litem which I did for several years through the Pierce County Courts. I have had opportunity to live for a year in Russia and to travel extensively. I have been a Christian since 1979 and am actively involved in a local church. My interests include spending time with my family and friends, outdoors activities, reading and gardening.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
I am a provider for several major insurance companies including Premera, Cigna, First Choice, KPS, and PacifiCare.
Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.