A little about me.
I've spent the last two decades or so living in Seattle and, despite the many changes it has seen over the years, I could not imagine living anywhere but the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The mountains of Washington are my happy place and I try to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. I truly believe in the power of nature to restore and refresh us when we are feeling depleted. When not working I enjoy finding time for weekend adventures with my husband and two daughters.
Education & background.
I spent much of my early career working in accounting and titles before I found myself gravitating towards a career that had long interested me much more: social work and psychology. Spending a year abroad in South America teaching English several years ago solidified a decision to go back to school for an entirely different kind of education. In 2016, I completed a Master of Social Work, with a mental health focus, through the University of Southern California. I have always been fascinated by the mind and human behavior, and in the way that these can be shaped to create a more fulfilling life and positive outlook. During my last year of graduate school, I spent my internship in a non-profit setting in Seattle, helping adults with severe and persistent mental illness build skills to achieve a higher quality of life. Upon graduation, I began work at a community mental health agency as an adult outpatient therapist, helping dozens of clients with various diagnoses achieve goals outlined in comprehensive treatment plans. A few years ago, I found myself working with the fabulous team at DBT Eastside, where my love for DBT therapy (and recently, RO-DBT!) has only grown stronger. Along the way I have gained valuable experience with all kinds of people as well as training in several different therapeutic modalities. I genuinely enjoy learning about people and what makes them tick....and what could potentially make their lives better.