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I help people create joy and meaning in their lives, and let go of patterns that limit them.

About
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Having spent four years within a Buddhist order, and certified in Contemplative Psychology, I use my training in mindfulness to help others explore their embodied mind and develop calm confidence.

I'm trained as a therapist, receiving my degree in Existential Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology from Seattle University. I am a national board-certified counselor and licensed in Washington as a mental health counselor. Currently, my office is located in the Maple Leaf district of Seattle, where I see patients Mondays through Thursdays.

My psychotherapy practice is dedicated to growth; helping to relieve suffering, improve relationships, and reach one's full potential. This is achieved in the context of a nonjudgmental, affirming, relational therapeutic process with a focus on attaining goals and increasing overall joy and life satisfaction.

There is a lesson in Buddhism about the sixth patriarch of the Zen tradition, Hui-Neng. While traveling, he came across two monks arguing as they observed a flag fluttering in the breeze. One monk said, “The flag is moving.” The other disagreed and said, “The wind is moving.”  Hui-Neng corrected them both by saying, “It is not the wind, nor the flag. It is mind that moves.”

This story points to how the mind shapes, not only our experiences, but the world in which we live. There is a great deal we can do individually to calm the mind and find peace, such as meditation, yoga, relaxation techniques, and spiritual exercises.  As you may have already experienced, there remain aspects of the mind that are difficult to see into without help. 

My services include:

  • Psychotherapy for individuals

  • Couples counseling

  • Group therapy

  • Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness-based Executive / Life Coaching

  • Team or group mediation

  • Buddhist meditation instruction and spiritual direction

  • Parenting support

  • Supervision for LMHCa clinicians

  • Clinical case consultation 

I offer clinical psychodynamic mind-body psychotherapy to individuals and couples suffering with:

  • Constant worry and anxiety / excessive stress

  • Depression / manic-depression

  • Recovery from trauma / PTSD

  • Difficulties in couple relationships / family discord

  • LGBTQ life and identity

  • Issues around sexuality and intimacy

  • Finding a way to forgive the past

  • Grief and loss / Letting go

  • Childhood abuse and neglect

  • Low self-esteem / excessive shyness

  • Feelings of emptiness / lack of fulfillment

  • Self-defeating character habits / Personality disorders

  • Attention, organization, motivation issues / ADHD

  • Chemical and behavioral addictions

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Interested in Balint Group Consultation?

New Balint Group starting Sept 8th, 2023.  Interested clinicians, please send a request by email to sign up. Balint Group for case consultation: Supporting our healthcare providers to reconnect with their passion for healthcare, prevent burnout, and increase positive health outcomes for patients. We are currently open to interviewing new members.  
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Therapy
in the News

New York Times article about treating depression with Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES
A recent clinical trial suggests that 'mind-body' therapy which focuses on the role of emotions in physical pain may offer relief to people with fibromyalgia.

SOURCE: REUTERS
The APA released an article on the benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy and a new study's findings that patients continue to improve after treatment ends.

SOURCE: REUTERS
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