Life happens so do it well.
I am available to help.
I find that most people have a sense of where they want to be and where they don’t. My approach is to help you recognize and consider the different options and choices available, even when you feel no options exist. The goal is to help you make a choice and develop a plan that is realistic.
The medical model of psychological distress (mental Illness) works somewhat for symptom management but not really all that great for recovery, healing. The medical model suggests that symptoms are a part of a broken brain experience. However, these symptoms, unwanted intrusive psychological emotional sensory experiences mean something or that some need is not being met. I work within that framework.
I believe in the Japanese proverb “Fall seven times, stand up eight” and strive to keep you standing through difficult situations.
I will listen to your concerns, needs, and complaints and then discuss some strategies that may help.
I help individuals struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, and PTSD. I am one of the few private practice clinicians with expertise in and a dedication to addressing schizophrenia, bipolar, psychosis related to marijuana use, and major depressive disorder. Treatment needs are often misunderstood and helpers can be fearful, frustrated or unaware of the types of support and resources available. Individuals experiencing psychosis or severe mood swings need someone with experience, empathy, and patience.
I have an M.S. from Southern Oregon University and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state. I have been in the behavioral health field in one role or another for the past 30 years. I was featured and had role in the production of the documentary “Crazywise.” I am an advocate for change in the treatment of mental illness here in the United States. I have experience as case manager, counselor, and supervisor and eventually in administrative positions such as resource manager and program manager in community mental health programs in Oregon, Missouri and Washington. I developed and taught a post-divorce and parenting program. I have spoken to thousands of individuals throughout my career via workshops and seminars on parenting, relationships, and crisis intervention. I have taught Mental Health First Aid courses in Washington and in Hawaii.