I became fascinated with human behavior behavior and how people make sense of feelings early in my life and knew I wanted to be involved with people and healing. I attended the University of Oregon where I majored in psychology with a focus on child development.
After college, I worked as a Montessori teacher while volunteering in a community mental health center in Seattle with traumatized preschool children and their families. This volunteer work turned into a job and then graduate school in counseling at Seattle University. Post graduate school I worked in community mental health as both an adult outpatient therapist and a child and family therapist.
I went on to have my own children and this deepened my dedication to the importance of attachment in human development and my understanding of the challenges involved. Spending time with children and families over the years learning about their developmental and attachment needs has enriched my personal and professional life. Attachment is ultimately about connection and exploring how to be in healthy connection with others continues to inspire me.
Now, in my private practice, I work primarily with women coping with anxiety and have found that looking more closely at an individual’s personal history and developmental dynamics over time are often useful in identifying sources that drive anxiety. Body based practices like breathing and mindfulness in combination with insights gained within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship can often bring relief.