My undergraduate degree is from a small liberal arts college in eastern Washington State, where I double majored in History and English Literature. While in college, I met my partner of 34 years. Over those years we have shared our lives with two very beloved dogs, Roger and then Panda. Roger saw us through our many years of graduate education, in my case, an MA, a PhD, and finally my MSW. In Social Work, I recognized my passion in creating an environment that promotes the increased self-awareness that leads to a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
Eclectic is the word that best describes my approach. This approach allows for flexibility in the work we do together and moves you toward the life you want rather than a life defined by others’ needs and expectations. I will listen carefully to your concerns, your needs, and your goals as you define them. Together we can come to an understanding of what you want, the strengths you already possess, and the barriers that may stand in your way.
My learning did not stop after receiving my degree. In my continuing education, I have focused on humanistic approaches and also attachment theory and the way in which early relationships continue to impact the quality of our adult relationships. Specific areas of study have centered on aging, caretaking, postpartum depression for both men and women, anxiety, and depression. I have studied and also have experience with grief and loss. My work as a medical social worker provided practical experience in these areas as well as opportunities to attend educational seminars and pursue further study.