I have over 15 years experience working in a variety of mental health settings. I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Utah State University and went onto complete my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. I am passionate about drawing/art, Psychoanalysis, desert nature aesthetics and writing/reading.
I am currently enrolled in the National Training Program at the National Institute of Psychotherapies (www.nipinst.org) in New York City, where I am endeavoring to complete a certificate in Contemporary Psychoanalysis in December 2021.
Periodically, I teach/speak for the University of Washington. I have predominantly taught courses on clinical work and the impact of trauma on personality.
I am on the board of the (national) Clinical Social Work Association: https://www.clinicalsocialworkassociation.org. We work to strengthen the policies that inform clinicians across the country, and support local state chapters.
I am licensed in Washington state as an (LICSW) Independent Clinical Social Worker (#LW 60233674).
National Institute of Psychotherapies
Clinical Social Work Association
Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute and Society
Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
areas of focus
I offer a voluntary space for those in places of privilege who seek to examine and dismantle their relationship to oppression. This conversation for many can feel a bit like staring into the sun. Rage, guilt, shame, and defensiveness can arise in these conversations and compel us to look away. In my experience, it's much easier to do this work when we are joined by a supportive person who can encourage patience and understanding.
I enjoy the study of family cultural dynamics, with an emphasis on individuals who identify as multi-racial and/or multi-ethnic. Many of these clients share oppressive and isolating encounters that occur even within their own families. In our work together, the feelings that arise from these experiences will be respected and important. My priority will be to learn from you, and work together on strategies that are specific to your multi-racial identity and are culturally appropriate for you as an individual.
LGBTQ* & Kink identities (Including Families of these Identities)
In respect to LGBTQ* communities I am well versed in conflicts of faith, bullying, trauma, self-esteem, family of origin issues and adolescence. Clients can expect that I will respect and affirm those identities, pronouns and descriptors that best match their self-described experience. I particularly enjoy working with the family members of LGBTQ persons--who often face their own unique journey.
Sex and gender are often important topics of many psychotherapy treatments. I believe that folks who are either exploring or identify with various kink, poly, fetish, BDSM experiences are best served by a therapist who can prioritize de-shaming and understanding their uniqueness.
I spent several years living in the Philippines and became fluent in Tagalog, and have some familiarity with Filipino culture and tradition. Although I am not ethnically Filipino, I have about 5 years experience treating clients in Tagalog. These days I'm less fluent than I once was, but can work conversationally in the language if needed. Folks seeking a BIPOC clinician are welcome to reach out and request connections to referrals (I highly recommend ACRS.org).