Justin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in clinical practice since 2012. He graduated with his MSMFT in 2013. Justin specializes in working with couples, families an
young children (0-8) and their parents to restore peace in their relationships and build on their foundations of love and trustworthiness to reach their goals for therapy.
Justin is a Certified Level I Restoration Model therapist and focuses on helping families face their pain and restore peace, through the increase the love and trustworthiness in their
relationships. Mindfulness tools are incorporated into his work with families, in order to provide both insight and skills that can be used practically to advance a family’s goals for therapy. Justin also has extensive training and experience in The Incredible Years, a positive parenting program for parents of children 0-8 years old, and is working to become a certified Incredible Years group facilitator. This training in early-childhood parenting topics allows Justin to provide insight and psychoeducation, as well as plenty of evidence-based interventions for parents to practice with their young ones to improve their bond and foster healthy emotional and social development.
More information on Justin’s therapeutic training and approach can be found at the following websites:
- Restoration Model: http://www.restorationtherapytraining.com
- The Incredible Years: http://www.incredibleyears.com
I was raised in Central Oregon, in the small and beautiful town of Sisters. After graduating from Sisters High School in 2002, I spread my wings and moved to Los Angeles for college and, eventually, graduate school. After a friend suggested that I see a therapist to deal with a painful loss in my life, I reluctantly set up an appointment with an MFT. The experience was so positive and healing for me, and I soon realized that I believed so much in therapy that I wanted to become a therapist myself! The journey of graduate school began, and I was trained as a therapist at two inpatient addiction recovery centers in Santa Monica and Pasadena, a school-based program in Santa Monica, as well as a community-based counseling center in Pasadena. While in grad school, I met and married my amazing partner, Kari, and after we finished our respective degree programs we decided to take on a new adventure and move our young family to Washington, where I have worked as a Child and Family Therapist at Children’s Home Society of Washington in Vancouver since the Summer of 2015. Now with two young children, I am learning every day how to be the partner and parent I want to be for my family, a process that is often not easy and takes renewed commitment and the support of many other people in my life.
When the kids are asleep and I’m not spending time with my partner or exploring the wondrous PNW, you can often find me strumming my guitar and writing songs. I am obsessed with good coffee, action films, music, running, technology, comedy television, sparkling water and all things Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars.