I understand living and working in a way that is stressful and feels bad.
I understand how hard it can be to break free from patterns and cycles that no longer serve you.
I’ve been there.
My focus and passion for fostering wellbeing, mindfulness and compassion is based in my own path as well as my professional education.
I grew up in San Diego and was inspired to pursue a life path in counseling and wellness by a mentor who helped me work through my own limiting thoughts and cycles. After four years of study, I received my B.A. in Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Creative Expression from the University of Redlands in Southern California. There, teachers and friends taught me that a fulfilling life involves community, creativity and growth. They supported me in building a mindfulness practice as well as helping me to grow. It is from these mentors that I learned that personal growth is professional growth and that who I am as a person matters as much as what I know as a therapist.
I deepened my exploration into wellness through multi-month residencies at the Metta Earth Institute in Vermont and at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, where I studied, worked and lived with a variety of healing practitioners and teachers. Through these experiences, I continued to explore the questions, "what contributes to health and wellness?" and "how do people pursue their own path while navigating relationships and living in community?" Back home in San Diego, I grew through a teaching internship at University of California, San Diego Center for Mindfulness. All these experiences strengthened my commitment to fostering growth and connection in my own life and helping others to do the same.
In order to gain knowledge and techniques to understand and promote wellbeing, I received my M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. The education prepared me for licensure as a clinical mental health counselor and trained me to work with diverse clients in a wide range of settings. Friendships with active duty marines and members of the recovery community inspired me to complete an internship in drug and alcohol treatment through the Veteran’s Administration in Boston and later work for several years as a counselor in a methadone clinic.
I believe that we are more than what we do and more than our job titles. I am grateful for the mentors, friends, family and clients that I have had the privilege to know throughout my life. They have helped me to grow personally and professionally, have challenged me and supported me. Moving to Seattle was a decision I made for self-care. I moved from Boston to Seattle to say “yes” to prioritizing balance, joy, community and time outdoors. In my free time I can be found exploring the city, reading, spending time with friends and family or planning my next travel.