I received my Bachelors in Communication from Seattle Pacific University. After several years of international travel and nonprofit fundraising work, I shifted directions and began studying psychology. Several years later I received my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and completed an internship and externship at Compass Health Children’s Extended Care, working with kids and adolescents. I later joined the staff at The Seattle School as a Practicum Facilitator, training first year counseling students in couples, family and individual therapeutic intervention through a one-on-one and group format. I have been in private practice since 2005. Since then, I have participated in numerous training’s and gained significant clinical experience in the following categories: history of early childhood traumas and attachments, body-mind awareness, integration, defenses, narcissism and shame. As well, I have directed extensive time and attention toward applying psychodynamic / psychoanalytic thinking and techniques in my work with patients. To this end, I completed an intensive 100-hour course on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and continue to seek out opportunities to grow and learn in this realm. Much of my current work is informed by my psychoanalytically-oriented clinical mentors and colleagues. This rich work has inspired my recent endeavor of becoming an approved Clinical Supervisor through the State of Washington. I now have the joy of “paying it forward,” working with Counseling Interns (through Seattle Therapy Alliance) and Counseling Associates.