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I have been studying and working in the mental health field since 2006.  My life has been so touched by emotional- and mental-health issues that I have dedicated my career efforts toward bringing peace and healing to those who most need it.  I believe in demolishing the stigma around mental health treatment: Nobody asks for these kinds of challenges and nobody deserves to be judged for them.      

I'm not a brown-noser (okay, maybe I am, but not literally!)...it's camo stick.  I lost a bet at a formal dinner with my military friends.    

I was raised by (three!) military parents and have traveled and lived overseas in southeast Asia.  I have many close friends who have served at least two tours in the Middle East, both officers and enlisted.  I actively volunteer for an organization that helps bring mental healthcare to veterans and active military families, as I am very passionate about this area of mental health.  

 

 
In addition to my master's degree, I also have an Ed.S. degree, a 12-credit extension providing additional education and practice hours in the areas of couples & family work, substance abuse, psychopathology & diagnosis, and basic clinical supervision.
 
 
 
I live in the Key Peninsula area of Washington State with my family, including two princess-wannabe orange cats and one little cat-dude we just call "Walter the Savage."  While I take very seriously the health and needs of my clients, I greatly value humor and warmth in my work and have built my practice around genuine therapeutic connections with clients right where they are in their lives today.
 
 
 
EDUCATION: MA, Ed.S., Seton Hall University, 2010; BS, Washington State University, 2003 

LICENSE: Licensed Mental Health Counselor

ADDITIONAL TRAINING: Advanced Lifespan Integration Therapy (www.lifespanintegration.com), Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, Hoarding Disorder treatment.
 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS: American Counseling Association, Pierce County Counselors Association.
 
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