As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, I am experienced in empowering and fortifying relationships. Couples, families, adolescents, and individuals of all walks of life experience transitional times that require a compassionate and understanding guide. My desire is to meet you where you are, giving you a safe place to express your true self. As the ancient poet Rumi once said, “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I will meet you there”. Change normally occurs through two main forms: major life events and the slow habits that work their way into our lives. My objective is to work through these situations, and to foster positive emotional and relational development that will lead to the life we are intended to live.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
I am skilled at seeing the bigger picture, and will ask guiding questions to illuminate potential blind spots, offer intervention ideas, and work to define and heal unhealthy patterns. I believe in learning by doing, and use in-the-moment interactions to change unhealthy patterns in the world outside of therapy. Chiefly, I operate out of a systemic perspective which means I focus on you as an individual as well as the relationships you function in. Whether they be family or relationships outside of the family, I will strive to help you leverage your inner voice while utilizing your surroundings as a resource for change. Above all, I draw on the graces of God and His hopes for our lives, while holding you accountable without shame.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
I find significant hope in addressing problems through the power of God and key relationships placed in our lives. I offer a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to explore the issues that are weighing you down. Having worked with a number of presenting problems, including but not limited to: marital concerns, parenting differences, emotion regulation, anxiety, depression, and loss, I have learned how to touch pain, retain boundaries, and be present as you embrace the flux and make lasting changes. I practice an integrated psychotherapy model, which means I draw on the lessons of multiple researchers in order to work best with your learning style.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
The power of one’s story is undeniable. I strive to see clients in the context of their life chapters, past and present. Recognizing what systems intersect to develop you as a unique person or relational unit, is essential to delivering effective therapy. At the root of each of our human stories is a yearning to be loved and belong. We are created for connection, and yet sometimes those very connections cause us pain. Please know, this is natural, and there are solutions. A diverse world, demands innovative ideas and holistic programs, including therapy, which acknowledges differences and employs a multipronged approach to initiate transformative change.
On a Personal Note
I grew up in the Christian faith and currently attend a local church with my spouse. As a child and adolescent I attended Seattle Christian School and obtained a strong foundation in the scripture. As an undergraduate student, I attended Gonzaga University, where I learned to further appreciate the role that service learning and community engagement play in my life as a Christian. Issues are often far more complex than meets the eye, and I embrace the depth that our questions and problems come with. I come from a multicultural background, which has instilled me with strong family values. I greatly respect cultural influences, and address multicultural issues when applicable in session.