Licensed Psychologist WA# PY60560787
I received my doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon in 2008, after completing an APA-approved internship at the University of Iowa’s Counseling Service. During my doctoral studies I directed the University of Oregon Men’s Center, an organization dedicated to helping men lead healthy lives. I have continued to be involved in this work as a clinician, researcher, consultant, and was a regular guest on Dr. Chris Blazina’s radio show the Secret Lives of Men until 2011.
My clinical practice is rooted in an ecological systems framework, based on best practices in psychotherapy and an intentional focus on mind-body connection, self-care, and optimal mental health and wellbeing. My clinical interests include men’s health, anxiety and depression, adjustment disorders, existential issues, identity issues, grief and loss, working with intersections of identity and mental health, racial and ethnic identity development, LGBTQ issues, and other aspects of multicultural counseling. I have a great deal of interest in organizational health and the influences of organizational health on the health of the individuals working there. I am very committed to ongoing development of multicultural competence, and promoting self- and other-care throughout one’s life.
My approach to psychotherapy is primarily humanistic, attending to the therapeutic relationship while exploring how issues from the past contribute to the present day. I am also passionate about working with clients to identify their resources and strengths to reach their greatest potential. For me, therapy is not necessarily about fixing what is wrong, but about re-centering and using client strengths to increase health, wellbeing, and overall happiness. I care deeply about providing excellent care. Rather than thinking about myself as a “fixer” of others, I believe very strongly in client education, and ask that clients and I work collaboratively to out try new ways of thinking that may generate change and optimize their health and connection with others.
I am an active member of the American Psychological Association, including Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice), 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race), and 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity). I have been a member of the Tennessee Psychological Association from 2008-2015, and joined the Washington State Psychological Association after moving to the Seattle area this year.
Hourly fee: $165
Initial intake (75-85 minutes): $225
Other (related) professional psychological services: $165/hour
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