I am a licensed mental health counselor located in Vancouver Washington. I look forward to working with you when you’re ready to take the step of entering counseling.
Who is a good fit for counseling with me?
Those who have experienced trauma through domestic violence, sexual or physical assault, or emotional/spiritual/financial/physical/sexual abuse meet with me to explore ways trauma has affected them. Also, if you are someone struggling with constant self-doubt, depression, anxiety, guilt, low self-esteem, and difficulty setting healthy boundaries or communicating effectively you are a good fit to work with me.
You’re also a good fit to work with me if you’re seeking support and feel motivated to make a change in your life. Change takes time and can be like planting a seed. Seeds don’t transform overnight. As you start caring for yourself you may not notice anything different at first. Actively focusing on your needs can allow you to begin seeing new, healthy growth.
How can I help you?
I provide trauma-informed, strength-based counseling following research from mindfulness, relational-cultural, narrative, and solution-focused theories. These approaches benefit you by increasing your self-awareness, helping you gain a sense of the present moment instead of focusing on the past (like depression wants you to do) or worrying about the future (like anxiety wants you to do), helping you feel connected and empowered, and discovering strengths and solutions to problems.
We explore your concerns while emphasizing the strengths you have that can lead to change and healing. By building a healthy connection through therapy it becomes possible to regain a sense of hope to move toward the things you would prefer to see in your life. At the end of therapy people often tell me “I feel more like myself.”
Many of the people I meet with find it hard to identify strengths when they first come to therapy. Trauma, depression, and anxiety don’t give you a lot of time to think about what you’re good at or the abilities and talents you have. As we talk during sessions, strengths have a way of revealing themselves and I help you identify them and discover how they can be useful.
What’s the process to get started?
It’s normal to feel nervous about starting counseling. The following steps are intended to help ease some of the uncertainty around the process. When you’re ready to set up an appointment, here’s how you can arrange to meet with me:
- Call me at (360) 608-4218 for a (free!) initial phone consultation.
- We’ll discuss your concerns and hopes for counseling.
- If it seems like we’ll be a good fit to work together we schedule a time for an intake.
- Following our phone conversation, I email you the intake documents to complete before our first meeting. (The documents are completed entirely online in a secure client portal, there’s nothing you need to print!)
- At our first meeting we discuss the intake documents, your background, goals for counseling and any questions you might have.
- We create a treatment plan and work together on your goals.
- We end treatment as soon as you feel satisfied that you have achieved your goals.