About Paula

I received my Bachelors in Communication from Seattle Pacific University. After several years of administration, international travel and nonprofit fundraising work, I shifted directions and ventured into the world of psychology. This venture led me to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. I got my clinical feet wet at Compass Health Children’s Extended Care, working with kids and adolescents and then later joined the staff at The Seattle School as a Practicum Facilitator, training (and learning alongside) first year counseling students in couples, family and individual therapeutic intervention. I opened a private practice in 2005.  Since then, I have participated in numerous training’s – including parenting my own children – and have gained significant clinical awareness and learning in psychotherapy, psychology and the human experience. I have directed extensive time and attention toward applying psychodynamic / psychoanalytic thinking and techniques in my work with patients and continue to seek out opportunities to grow and learn in this realm. Two formative trainings include the program in Clinical Theory and Practice through Wellspring Family Services where I learned the fundamentals and origins of classical psychoanalysis, and PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) which integrates attachment, neurobiology and affect/arousal regulation into work with couples. Early on in my practice I completed Lifespan Integration, which is a body-based treatment that helps integrate and heal past trauma and abuse. Much of my current philosophy as a therapist is informed by my clinical mentors, colleagues, as well as being a mother and a partner, and my own personal work as a patient in therapy. All of this rich work has also inspired my passion in offering clinical supervision. I have the joy of working with Counseling Associates as well as licensed Clinicians who want to deepen their clinical work.  I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60067824) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in the State of Washington, and hold memberships with Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study (NWAPS), American Psychological Association – Division 39 (APA), and The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis (IARPP).