I’m a Clinical Social Worker licensed in both Washington and Oregon. I received a BA in Psychology from Washington State University and earned my Master of Social Work (MSW) from Eastern Washington University. I am a Registered Play Therapist of the National Association of Play Therapy with extensive specialized education, training, and experience supporting children, teens, and their families in using playful and expressive interventions to reduce and manage symptoms related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and life stressors including divorce and adoption. My previous experience includes teaching art to parent volunteers and children in elementary schools, leading bereavement support groups (ages 3-18), and supporting acute at risk youth (ages 3-18) in a community-based hospital diversion program.
I’m a parent of two adult children and I know that parenting can be challenging, and at the same time, it can be extremely rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy being with family and friends and find myself being drawn to “all things water” including kayaking, swimming, or just being near the river. I also enjoy exploring new places in the Pacific NW, hiking, and the occasional off road driving trail. I am the proud owner of an adorable new puppy that I’m training to be an animal-assisted-play-therapy dog. I believe that our desire to play should never end.
Note to Parents:
The following concerns and more have been shared by many parents.
“My child has tantrums/meltdowns over small things.”
“It’s so frustrating when my child doesn’t listen.”
“My child cries and gets anxious whenever I leave.”
“I’m worried about my child’s success at school.”
“My teenager is quiet and seems to be more distant lately.”
The truth is, parenting is a tough job and I’m a true believer that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Getting support from family, friends, and professionals really is critical to the health and well-being of your child –and your whole family. I can help support you and your child in moving towards a new vision of “better.” We can work together to explore stressors and create new healthy ways of communicating and interacting, all while allowing a safe space for your child to express their thoughts and feelings in order to elicit positive change and growth.