Do you constantly feel like no one gets you? Or how you never seemed to fit in? And that people make negative assumptions based on how you look, act, and think? That loneliness feels crushing. You've probably felt ashamed of who you are. Maybe over the years, you've tried to be "normal" and realized your life feels empty and inauthentic. Or maybe you've resisted mainstream society, but it's left you socially isolated, depressed, anxious, and traumatized. You are not alone.
Throughout my life, I've found myself in the position of the outsider. Those experiences of loneliness and isolation led me to study psychology in hopes to understand how to connect with people. Inevitably, I tried therapy. Once I found the right therapist for me, I was able to work through shame, understand there's no one way to be, and embrace who I am. It continues to be a life-changing and healing experience.
If you feel like you don't have anywhere in your life where you can be yourself, therapy can provide that space where you can share your story, feel supported, and most importantly be seen for who you are.
Life is hard, complicated, and inevitably filled with pain and suffering, especially when you don't fit neatly (or at all) into society's expectations. My hope is to guide you to be better able to navigate and cope with life challenges.
Humans are complex. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. You are the expert of your own life. Therapy is a collaborative and creative process where we will explore your unique experiences, relationships, culture, worldview, and intersecting identities. Although my primary approaches are Existential Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I also draw from Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, more than any approach, what matters the most is the therapeutic relationship. Wherever you are in your journey, I am honored to walk alongside you.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
Master of Arts in Education, Community Counseling, Seattle University, 2018
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Washington, 2013
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#LH61481853)
National Certified Counselor, accredited by the National Board for Certified Counselors
AREAS OF FOCUS
My clients are often creatives (artists, writers, musicians), come from marginalized identities/communities (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent), and are young adults (Millennials, Gen Z). Regardless of what labels you use, if you've found yourself "othered" throughout your life, this might be a space for you.
My areas of focus are:
Creativity and creative blocks
Marginalization, loneliness, and intersectionality
In addition, I work with other common issues:
Adjustment issues/life changes
Grief and loss
Existential and ontological issues (e.g. finding meaning and purpose, being-in-the-world, identity)
16000 Christensen Rd Suite 110
Tukwila, WA 98188
If you are interested in potentially working together, the best way to reach me is via email. From there, we can schedule a free 15-20 minute phone consultation to explore what brings you to counseling and to address questions you may have. If I determine we may be a good fit, we can schedule a first session.
I try to respond to messages within 24 hours. Please be aware that e-mail cannot be guaranteed to be confidential, so if you have clinical information to convey, it's preferable to share that via phone or through the secure client portal.
If you are currently in crisis, please call 911, or the 24-hour King County Crisis Line, at 1-866-427-4747.
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