Prior to becoming a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, worked as an Assistant Branch Manager for Washington Mutual Bank, earned an MBA at the University of Phoenix and studied abroad in Spain, worked at Ventures (formerly Washington CASH), a non-profit focused on bringing business training, capital, coaching and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs with limited resources, and even served as a sheriff’s deputy.
While volunteering at the King County Crisis Clinic I realized my passion was counseling. I applied, and was accepted, to Seattle University’s three-year Master of Arts in Education program, with a focus on Counseling. I learned a lot about myself as an individual and how I would show up in the world as a therapist. I’m happy that I followed my gut and am a practicing therapist today.
As a counselor, starting with an internship at Valley Cities, I’ve worked with veterans, individuals, couples, and groups. I have experience working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ, people in crisis, those who feel suicidal, and those who are experiencing grief, loss, depression, PTSD, and general anxiety.
I have taken King County Crisis Line’s suicide intervention course, presented Safe Space Trainings that inform the community about LGBTQ issues and concerns, and have lectured at Seattle University on the topic of counseling diverse populations. I have also received Level 1 Gottman Training, which focuses on rebuilding friendship and intimacy in relationships. I continuously attend trainings so that I can keep up to date with the latest techniques and best practices for serving my clients.