About Me


Master's Degree in Counseling from Idaho State University, 2006
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho
EMDR Certified
Advanced training in Emotiona Focused Therapy for Couples
Member of the American Association of Counselors and EMDRIA


My Approach
I use an integrated approach founded in mindfulness, body awareness and trauma informed care (EMDR)

In Mindfulness therapy, you can learn to be grateful for every day by exploring the distinct awareness of what is happening now, without bringing a judgment to it, allowing you to open yourself to the possibilities of the moment.  You can learn to balance your inner conflicts between emotions and reason. We can find compassion within ourselves and with others, to better connect with each person in our lives.

Body awareness is a simple but effective technique that is based on the belief that our body stores information which our mind sometimes can not yet process or does not know how to process.  Our body stores our memories, our feelings and thoughts. By slowly and respectfully getting more in touch with our own body's wisdom we gain insight into our own patterns of behaviors and our true essence. 

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." ~Joseph Campbell 

My work with couples is informed by the work of Sue Johnson and her development of a modality of therapy called Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.  Using the notion of transforming emotion with emotion, the EFT therapist guides each partner to expressing emotions that pull for compassion and connection. EFT promotes soothing and helps clients deal with unstated and therefore unmet attachment needs.   For more information, please visit the EFT website.  

Our greatest joy and our greatest pain comes in our relationships with others.” Stephen R. Covey
 
My Style
My understanding as a therapist is informed by my training and clinical experience, but also grounded by a long-held commitment to my own psychological work and development.  I provide a safe and compassionate presence to explore personal issues. I believe that each individual has their own path, their own challenges and their own way to heal.  Productive therapy is not without hard work. I walk with my client as well as act as a motivator through these difficult periods. I believe in the serious work to be done but also engage in humor where appropriate to nurture a balanced human relationship.


Inspirational Talks 
Tara Brach, psychologist, and meditation teacher has made available talks pertaining to the coronavirus crisis.