I received a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, from the University of Washington, graduating summa cum laude. Much of my Masters work focused on women's issues, with a strong emphasis on the physical, emotional, and spiritual transition to motherhood, the experience of birth across diverse cultures, and Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders. My secondary emphasis was on the clinical treatment of children, from infancy to adulthood. Additionally, I have completed doctoral level courses in Clinical Psychology, with a Pre- and Perinatal Specialty, at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Washington. I am also credentialed as a National Certified Counselor, a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, a Board Certified Professional Counselor, a Child Mental Health Specialist, and hold a Post-Graduate Certificate in Foster Care and Adoption Therapy from Antioch University Seattle.
Enhancing my work as a therapist, I am a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator, a HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator, and a HypnoBirthing® Fertility Educator. I have completed training in Birth Story Listening, with Pam England of Birthing From Within.
In addition to the above, I have received a wide variety of supplemental therapeutic training, including counseling and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and in the creative modalities of play therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and horticultural therapy.
My work as a therapist is guided by over twenty years of experience, including outpatient therapy for individuals, families, and groups, advocacy and counseling for adult female survivors of domestic violence and their children, and intensive crisis intervention and case management services.
I have worked extensively in community mental health settings with high-risk children and families with multi-system involvement. This has included building therapeutic relationships with children, women, and men of all ages and from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
I have served as both the former Vice-Chair and as an Advisory Committee Member for Postpartum Support
International of Washington, (now known as Perinatal Support Washington), and as Washington State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. I additionally served on the Washington State Leadership Advisory Committee for the Speak Up When You're Down Postpartum Depression Awareness Campaign.
In 2010 I rewrote and edited the revised edition of the book, Beyond the Birth: A Family’s Guide to Postpartum Mood Disorders, with Patricia Spach, MN, ARNP, and Anna Gruen, MSW.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- American Mental Health Counselors Association
- American Psychotherapy Association
- Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health
- HypnoBirthing® Institute
- The Gottman Institute; Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator
- National Board for Certified Counselors
- Perinatal Support Washington
- Postpartum Support International
- Washington Mental Health Counselors Association