I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Idaho. I graduated with a master of arts in counseling from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. My undergraduate degree is a B. S. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. I taught students with multiple and severe disabilities for 3 years before pursuing my counseling degree.
I have journeyed with clients who have a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual addiction, infidelity, divorce, and sexual abuse. I specialize in the treatment of trauma, using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I also specialize in treating partners of sex addicts. I work from a model that recognizes the complex trauma caused by the betrayal of a sex addict.
I received my Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) training through the model developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes and Stefanie Carnes/Mari Lee, which required attendance at multiple training modules and supervision with a CSAT Supervisor. It is a rigorous process designed to help me best help you.
I have maintained a private practice since 2002. I primarily work with adult individuals dealing with trauma (including betrayal trauma), anxiety, and depression. Within the context of sex addiction treatment, Michael and I do some specific joint sessions with both partner and addict. Later in the treatment process we recommend focused couples counseling with a different therapist and can collaborate with that therapist if desired. We do provide communication tools and coaching for couples while navigating this difficult journey.