Meet the Counselor

 

Background: My holistic approach to pastoral counseling is based on a unique and complementary career of accumulated experiences as a registered nurse, nurse-practitioner (certified nurse-midwife), behavioral scientist, university faculty in nursing and medicine as well as a chaplain in end-of-life care. I have always felt called to serve community with compassionate care. See educational preparation and clinical qualifications below.

Training and degrees:  I earned my master’s degree in pastoral counseling decades after completing a master of science in nursing and a doctorate in public health/behavioral science. Pastoral counseling is spiritually integrated and psychologically informed; offering emotional healing, hope and reconciliation. I am comfortable working with those from diverse religious or spiritual backgrounds as well as with those who are more secular. Be assured that my religious beliefs and spiritual values will not be imposed during counseling. Everyone is welcome.

Counseling across the lifespan: Between 2009 and 2014, I worked as a therapist in community mental health serving children, adolescents, families and adults.  I counseled and advocated for refugees suffering from the traumas of war, violence and displacement. I also specialized in therapy for troubled middle and high school students enrolled in the Shoreline School District.  Additional focus areas encompassed recovery from childhood sexual/emotional trauma, chronic mental illness and personality disorders, family caregiving, relationship conflicts and trauma recovery.

Work with clergy: Since 2008, my counseling has been informed by my role in clergy wellness retreats through CREDO Institute. As health faculty, I address physical/emotional health concerns, compassion fatigue, stress management and resilience. While ministry is a people-oriented vocation, it can also be a demanding and isolating occupation that requires good boundary setting, perspective and self-reflection in order to stay well and maintain work-life balance.

Clinical approach: My approach is always a collaborative process that is based on respect, earned trust and a desire to uncover insights that lead to greater personal freedom. I counsel those who are emotionally hurting; struggling with inner turmoil caused by anxiety, depression, grief and despair, anger or confusion. We explore what led to this estrangement from self, separation from significant relationships and/or meaningful work. Together we work through the effects of physical, emotional and sexual traumas, mood disorders, grief and loss, family conflict or relationship issues.  

Qualifications/Education:

  • Active Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor # LH60387704
  • Post Grad Certificate in Psychodynamic Theory and Clinical Practice,
       Wellspring Family Services, 2013
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, Seattle University,
        School of Theology and Ministry, 2011
  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Veteran’s Administration,
        Puget Sound HCS, (5 units) 2006-2007
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Public Health/Behavioral Sciences,
       Johns Hopkins University, 1998
  • Master of Science in Nursing, University of Miami, 1982
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Widener College, 1975

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