My Path: Education, Experience, & Background
Education & Credentials
I earned my Doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Washington School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Seattle in 2010. I earned my Master's Degree (M.A.) there in 2007.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PY60220395) with the State of Washington. I have been continuously credentialed by the State of Washington since 2000 (formerly as an RC & LMHCA).
Experience & Background
I've been providing short and long term psychotherapy via my private practice since 2010.
In 2009 I completed my doctoral internship at the Counseling Center at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I worked with college students individually and in groups on issues ranging from transitional stress and identity development, to PTSD, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.
Prior to WWU, in 2008, trained at Fremont Community Therapy Project (FCTP) in Seattle, Washington. FCTP is a clinic offering low-fee assessment and therapy services for those people who may not otherwise have access. I worked with adults individually and in groups, in addition to completing both personality and learning disability assessments. Recovering from trauma/oppression was a common theme for the clients I saw there, along with depression, anxiety, attentional problems and substance abuse.
In 2007 I trained at the Special Offender's Unit at Monroe Correctional Complex, a men's state prison in Monroe, Washington. I worked with seriously and persistently mentally ill inmates who, in addition to serving their time, were participating in mental health services. I provided individual therapy and psychological assessment.
It was during this year, 2007, that I earned my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Washington State School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Seattle.
Before attending graduate school, and on a part time basis while attending classes, I worked for Compass Health, a community mental health agency. I was a Clinician/Case Manager for nearly 5 years, working with hundreds of clients and facilitating dozens of groups. My clients struggled with serious mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, psychosis, personality disorders, and OCD. They were also low-income and had access to few resources. In addition to providing counseling, my role was to help them access services, coordinate care, and advocate on their behalf and empower them to advocate for themselves.
I earned my Bachelor's degree in 1999 from Western Washington University in Psychology.
When I'm not working I am a pretty devoted movie fan with a packed Netflix Queue and a brain full of random and useless movie knowledge. I enjoy theater, reading, cooking and eating good food, and spending time with my friends and family.