Usually say that I was raised, “literally in the middle of nowhere,” on a ranch in north-central Montana, near the Canadian border. After living in large cities for over 20 years, moving to the Olympic Peninsula several years ago felt like coming home. I’ve renewed my passion for horsemanship, and now ride several days each week. When I’m not riding, I love to read, write, sing, play guitar, and explore the natural beauty of this area.
I graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2008. I worked at Catholic Community Services in Tacoma, counseling a diverse clientele that included children, adults, and couples. For the past four years, I have been counseling people who are struggling to overcome substance addiction. I have also lead several therapeutic writing workshops. My areas of emphasis in counseling are addictions, compulsions, trauma, aging, mood disorders, and gender/sexuality identity issues. The therapy approaches that I apply include cognitive behavioral, person-centered, object relations theory, and mindfulness.