I stumbled upon Dr. McBride’s “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?” book in 2012 and am currently certified in the 5-step recovery model as is laid out in the book. My true passion in my clinical work as a therapist is helping people work through painful challenges, they are confronting connected to their family of origin dynamics (including adult children of narcissistic parents) and how these dynamics may be negatively impacting current relationships, whether with family or intimate relationships.
I have deep compassion, patience, and understanding for my clients as I know firsthand how painful and challenging it is to heal from grief and loss, people pleasing, guilt, shame, painful family of origin dynamics, the feeling of "not being good enough," and how hard it is to learn and practice developing healthy sustainable boundaries both for oneself and in one's relationships. It can feel overwhelming and discouraging when there's so much transformation you'd like to see in yourself, but it can feel impossible when it's not something you can simply change in a short period of time. I believe both my own personal journey and professional clinical experiences with these aforementioned challenges bring more healing power, insight, and hope to what I can offer my clients.
I have found great value in helping both adult sons and daughters of a narcissistic parent/family with Dr. McBride's helpful recovery model as it addresses all the major struggles of one healing from narcissistic abuse: processing grief/loss, developing a stronger sense of self, setting healthy boundaries, improved self-confidence, and the ability to practice self-compassion. It’s important to me to be a part of this recovery community as I believe there is a great need for therapists trained to help with these challenges and not enough therapists with the knowledge and skillset to do so.
I have been offering individual therapy to adults since 2005. I currently work in private practice and my niche is helping adults heal from unresolved childhood trauma (i.e., emotional abuse/neglect), codependency, and grief/loss (including clients who have lost a loved one to suicide). My graduate school training is in Marriage and Family Counseling, so my therapeutic approach tends to be family systems and relational based. I take clients with Premera and First Choice/Kaiser PPO insurance as well as private pay. Please feel free to call or email me to set up an initial consultation to see if working with me will be a good fit for you.
License and Credentials:
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington, #LH60083805
Therapist Virtual Workshop: Level I Training