Many of my clients come in feeling like they have been merely surviving life. They long to experience living more fully. Sometimes loss, tragedy or simply challenging life circumstances bring that longing more sharply into view. Together we discover and build on your strengths. Often this means adjusting outgrown patterns of relating to yourself and others to fit your present goals.
Since moving to Seattle in 2004, I worked as a pediatric and adult hospice social worker before returning to private practice. Throughout my clinical work over the last two decades, I’ve been blessed to work with clients from richly varied life experiences. What inspires me most as I reflect on our work together is our innate capacity to turn suffering into growth. As we gently strengthen the ability and confidence to meet suffering wisely, we naturally align with what matters most to us.
Before moving to Seattle in 2004, I worked as a therapist in many different capacities: agency and hospital work, addictions treatment, as a mental health provider on a Native American pueblo and as a consultant for Albuquerque Public Schools. I also maintained a busy private practice.
My approach is collaborative, non-judgmental, respectful and compassionate. I’ve interwoven mindfulness-based therapy into my work for the past eighteen years, long before it was as main stream as it is now. Daily meditation practice heavily informs and supports my work. Though much of the recent focus on mindfulness is aimed at a secular audience, I also enjoy working with committed Buddhist practitioners.
Over the last several years at the Seattle Mindfulness Center, we have shifted our mission to include social justice work, which we study and apply individually and collectively. Sometimes this means taking trainings together, donating to causes of concern or direct community action. I am incredibly grateful to practice with such a conscientious, committed and talented group of practitioners.
In my spare time I love exploring the beautiful Northwest, attending meditation retreats, traveling, studying, writing, reading, gardening- especially growing dinner- and cooking with friends and family.