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This private practice focuses on Mental Health, Emotional Regulation, Addiction, Prevention and Resiliency, through assessments, education, homework and honest conversation.
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study and subsequent surveys that show that most people in the U.S. have at least one ACE, and that people with four ACEs— including living with an alcoholic parent, racism, bullying, witnessing violence outside the home, physical abuse, and losing a parent to divorce — have a huge risk of adult onset of chronic health problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, suicide, addiction and alcoholism.
Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an intervention model that is dictated by the understanding that overstressing the brain will hinder effective intervention and stop long-term change.
Our Goals: Hope, Safety, Calm, Self-Efficacy and getting Connected.
Our Trauma-Informed Care Principles: Trauma Awareness, Promote Safety, Rebuild Control, Promote Connection, Focus on Strengths, along with Belief in Resiliency.
Neuroscience findings help us to understand how human beings adapt biologically to stress during development. Their recent discoveries give us answers to our questions about biologic pathways that explain why ACEs have so much impact on the public’s health, safety and wellbeing.
Epigenetics findings help us to understand why some groups of people seem to have more challenging lives generation after generation, and give us clues about how to help. The ACE Study explains the magnitude of the solution that is in our hands, and provides new ways of thinking that help us develop powerful preventive supports for people throughout the life course.
Resilience findings remind us that our actions matter, and remind us that human beings live in nested environments of families, communities and societies – any and all of these nested environments can be more or less resilient, and have a powerful influence on individual health and well-being.
If you are struggling with Alcohol, Drugs or any Co-Occurring disorders, Relationships, Anxiety or Depression, Emotional Regulation or just need someone to Listen...Contact us.
Resilience is the quality of being able to resume its original shape, or the ability to recover quickly...after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
I have a vast history in substance use disorders, trauma and a strong handle on 12 step, spiritual, and christian recovery. I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and have a working knowledge of individuals and families dealing with addiction issues, while developing new coping skills and strategies. I have extensive experience working with adults with co-occurring disorders and emotional sobriety. I take a systems approach and think that communication is key to any relationship including the therapeutic relationship. If you are ready to start your journey of change, I can help.
Addiction - Recovery- Anxiety- Depression- Trauma- LGBTQ - Relationships- Communication- Race, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Resiliency in Addiction, and , Equity and Social Justice related Issues - TIC, CBT, Motivational Interviewing- Spirituality - Emotional Sobriety- Self Esteem - ACE's Science-Workshops-Public Speaking
Together we can determine and prioritize therapeutic goals. The therapeutic relationship will be focused on you. Although I will help you dig deeper and examine your thoughts and feelings; we will work on what you bring to the session. I will help you do this by encouraging honesty, self-acceptance, commitment and engagement in your therapeutic work. At times you may not know what to say or talk about; these can be the most rewarding and enriching sessions. There is no right or wrong topic in therapy, you will not be judged. The counseling room and session is a safe space. The goal of therapy is that you become aware of self and find a balance that is self directed.
Everything we discuss is confidential under the AAMFT professional code of ethics and Washington State law. There are two circumstances that allow me to break confidentiality: One) if you sign a consent form allowing me to discuss your case, or Two) if you confide in me that you are about to harm yourself or another person. These examples are also highlighted in my disclosure statement. The therapeutic relationship depends on trust and the willingness to be honest with each other. I am nonjudgmental and will respect your thoughts and feelings. The purpose of therapy is to help you discover what change if any, is needed in order for you to move forward in life. I can help make change through exploring your behaviors, thoughts and feelings. Change is not easy, but it is possible if you are willing to work for it.
The decision to begin counseling is an important and personal one. I offer a free 20-minute session to help you decide if we are a good fit and if you think I can provide what you need in a therapist. This consultation appointment is an opportunity for me to learn about you as well. After our initial consultation appointment, a regular 50-minute session will be scheduled and/or a referral will be made depending on your needs. I will encourage you to jump right in and start discussing what is most important for you to work on. I will begin to gather historical and familial information to develop a better understanding of your therapeutic needs, and to develop a plan that fits your desires. I will ask that you fill out an assessment form and bring that to your first session. If possible bring a signed copy of my disclosure form to our first session. We will determine the course of treatment together, I recommend weekly sessions to start. We will check in regularly to make sure that you are getting your therapeutic needs met.
Initially, I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation for you to ask any questions that you may have. During your first visit, we will discuss any concerns you have in addition to any reason(s) that bring you into counseling. In-closing, we will discuss our sliding scale fee structure starting at $40.00 to $125.00 per 50 minute session.
"Resilience starts when you become part of the Change you want to See!"
631 Strander Boulevard, Tukwila, Washington 98188, United States
We are open Monday through Friday from 12 Noon to 9 PM.
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