As a clinical psychologist, I use evidence-based strategies that draw from mindfulness and mind-body research, which have been proven effective in reducing the perception of physical pain and emotional distress and in the improvement of general life satisfaction. There is increasing research showing how awareness of thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions, when combined with mindfulness approaches such as meditation, mindful stress reduction, and mindful movement (e.g., light yoga), positively impacts one’s general health, and physical and emotional well being.
This approach has proven effective in stress reduction, pain management, and the treatment of anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, trauma and general life dissatisfaction with adults, children and adolescents. When anxious or depressed, certain thought patterns accompany each of these moods. In mindfulness we learn to become aware of these patterns, see them for what they are and how they are experienced in the body, and meet emotions with greater ease and less stress.
Not all therapeutic approaches are helpful for everyone. I also have clinical training and experience in cognitive behavioral and objects-relations therapy. After an initial assessment of three to four sessions, together we will determine which approach is most beneficial for you given your current circumstances. There is no obligation to do anything that does not feel beneficial to you.
Mindfulness means paying attention in the present moment without judgment but with patience, curiosity and trust, knowing that the next moment will be different. Mindfulness is the essence of the mind-body connection. The mind-body connection describes two sides of one experience – life and our perception of it. In mindfulness one learns to tap into the wisdom of the body while exploring its relationships with thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behavior in order to minimize the impact of stress, pain and challenges of daily living.
Mindfulness improves all of our senses, but in particular our capacity to see who were are and to fully appreciate the present moment. It is the gift of self-compassion.
In addition to therapy, I teach an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class (MBSR) that is a basic introduction to formal and informal meditation practices. The class is highly interactive to enhance learning in a supportive environment. Many people find the class helpful in learning how to respond versus react to life stressors. They might also be seeking ways to cope with physical and emotional pain, chronic medical conditions, trauma, general life dissatisfaction and parenting concerns. I also draw upon many years of experience in testing and evaluation, and specialize in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including learning disability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, and intellectual disability.
As a clinical psychologist and member of the American Psychological Association, I follow the association’s code of ethics and do not have multiple relationships with clients. This includes relationships on social media. I honor and respect physical boundaries and in MBSR classes offer only verbal cues to assist participants in making their own adjustments during gentle yoga/mindful movement.
I am a preferred provider with several insurance companies. Although I prefer checks or cash as forms of payment, I also accept debit cards.
- Masters Degree in Educational Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
- Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois
Postgraduate Training and Experiences
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare and Society.
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) – University of California at San Diego, Center for Mindfulness
- Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) – University of Washington Addictive Behaviors Research Center
Licenses and Registration
- Psychology License – Washington
- Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200)
- American Psychological Association
- Washington State Psychological Association
- Learning Disability Association of Washington