I bring a vast tapestry of life experience, a strong empathetic and intuitive nature, and a deep curiosity about others and life to my therapeutic work with clients. I believe that in order to be fully present with my clients I have to practice intensive self-care. So when I’m not working, you will find me feeding my own soul by doing yoga, dancing, cooking delicious food, writing poetry and connecting with close friends and family. I am passionate about personal growth and find my own process ripe with learning opportunities. My healing journey is an ongoing endeavor and is integral to how I show up for my clients.
I believe we all have the innate ability to heal self and that there are many therapeutic ways to achieve that. The journey is in finding what works for you! My approach to therapy is informed by my holistic philosophy that an individual’s mind, body and spirit are all key to healing. This holistic view leads me to ask clients to listen to their body, notice where trauma shows up and focus on ways of allowing the body to release that trauma. My role as a therapist is to help you unlock your innate ability to heal self and to steer you toward a path of self-discovery and self-acceptance.
As a licensed mental health counselor and a certified nutritionist, I bring a unique holistic approach to your treatment and therapy. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I specialize in working with both complex and acute trauma from a somatic, ego states and neurological framework. I frequently use EMDR, Lifespan Integration and Internal Family Systems to integrate parts of self that have become fragmented, burdened and lost over the course of a lifetime.
As a nutritionist, my work is based in helping individuals improve their relationship with their bodies and with food. I help clients work toward intuitive eating, joyful movement, body acceptance and feeling truly nourished by the foods they eat. My practice also involves educating others on how nutrition can play an integral part in supporting mental health and managing anxiety and depression. I specialize in the gut-brain connection and have a vast amount of experience working with gut disorders such as SIBO, IBS, leaky gut and food intolerances.
My undergrad work was done at Washington State University where I got a double bachelor degree in general biological sciences and psychology. I received a master of science in clinical health psychology and nutrition from Bastyr University. My work experience includes working in community mental health with sexual minorities and gender non-conforming individuals as well as homeless youth and low SES families. I am trained in EMDR and Lifespan Integration and use an Internal Family Systems lens for much of my work with clients.