In 2012, I retired from a 20+ year career as a police officer, detective, and lieutenant. I was also a dispatcher, 911 call taker, and corrections officer early in my law enforcement career. I have a deep desire to assist police officers, fire-fighters, paramedics, dispatchers, 911 call takers, nurses, public safety personnel, and military heros to overcome the cumulative trauma that they experience. Day after day, first responders (and those on the list above) are exposed not only to traumatic scenes, but they are also in constant contact with the negative, abusive, and violent side of humanity. These experiences change most of us in ways we never envisioned when we first started serving the public. Many first responders believe that a therapist will not understand what they go through on a daily basis. After 22 years, I get it! Being a first-responder is a tough job that few people are courageous enough to face every day. The experiences can leave wounds that bleed over into our personal and professional lives. Wounds heal better when some kind of treatment is applied, don’t they? Counseling is an effective way to treat these types of injuries.
I have a passion for being part of the healing of survivors of sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and other crimes. As a detective, I specialized in child sexual and physical abuse and domestic violence. I realized during my career the devastation these types of injustices can cause a person. But the human spirit is resilient! I believe each human being has the ability to live a productive, fulfilling, and joyful life, no matter how tragic their past has been. Often we need someone to partner with us and believe in us as we confront experiences that tend to rob us of our joy, peace, and freedom. I would be honored to be that partner.
I use a variety of evidence-based practices (EBP) in therapy, including but not limited to, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness. I use EBPs because they have been researched and shown to effectively help people improve their lives. I use a variety of other techniques as well based on the unique person you are. Therapy is not one-size fits all; it must be tailored to your individual needs, with a focus on positive results!
Associations & Certifications
I am licensed by the State of Washington (#LH60450981). I am a member of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA).
I am a certified EMDR therapist by EMDRIA. This means I have taken advanced training and supervision beyond basic EMDR training. My goal in certification is to provide you with the highest quality trauma treatment possible. I continue group supervision to keep my skills sharp and up to date.
I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – Level II – C-PTSD (complex PTSD). This certification is granted by the International Association of Trauma Professionals (www.traumapro.net).
I would consider it an honor and privilege to be part of your journey toward post traumatic growth and healing.
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Blessings and Be Well,
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified EMDR Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – Level II
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology: 2011 Northwest University, Kirkland, WA
Bachelor of Arts, Ministry Leadership: 2007 Northwest University, Kirkland, WA