I have been working in the behavioral health and counseling field for over 34 years. I enjoy what I do, and I value being available to you. It is a gift to me in this capacity and I have never dreaded Monday mornings. I am one of the few private practice clinicians available to work with individuals experiencing some of the most intrusive, uncomfortable and unwanted experiences. I can help individuals struggling with psychosis related to schizophrenia, substances and other circumstances.
I am an advocate for needed changes in the treatment of mental illnesses in the United States. There are reasons for- and I believe meanings- behind the symptoms of one’s experiences. The concept of a broken brain seems to not be helpful or accurate.
I have experience as a counselor, manager, and a trainer in the private sector, and in community mental health programs in Oregon, Missouri and Washington.
I have an M.S. from Southern Oregon University, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I’ve developed and taught post-divorce parenting, and picking the right person for the right relationship programs. Throughout my career, I’ve spoken to thousands of individuals, via individual work, workshops on parenting, relationships and crisis intervention. I’ve taught Mental Health First Aid courses in Washington and in Hawaii.
I value living by the Japanese proverb, “Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight”.