I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Child Mental Health Specialist (CMHS). I provide practical, evidence-based counseling to children, teens, young adults, and families for a variety of issues, including help for emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, and school-based challenges. I use a strengths-based and cognitive-behavioral approach that helps children build self-awareness, mental flexibility, and a growth mindset. I particularly enjoy helping neurodivergent teens and their families plan for launching.
Parent Coaching (Online available)
I'm not just a counselor, but also a mom of a twice exceptional teen and young adult. I get it! It's often a lonely and bumpy road where just as you figure something out, your child's development throws a curveball. I provide parent coaching to individuals, couples, and small groups so you don't have to go it alone. Sharing wisdom (and pitfalls!) from both my own and others' travails is one of the most valuable parts of this work.
In my role as a counselor at a school for gifted children, I see what does and doesn't work in a school setting to help children with twice exceptionality thrive. I can help provide this critical advocacy for your child in their current school, or help you explore new, more responsive learning environments.
As a counselor for over ten years, my approach is pragmatic and grounded in neuroscience, skill development, practical problem-solving, and strengthening relationships. Together, we figure out what works! Typically this includes building on strengths your child and family already have, blending in some humor and science, and practicing what we talk about in session out in the real world. I do a variety of meeting constellations, from helping your child or teen build individual skills to providing parent coaching so parents are on the same page. I am also available to meet with schools and teachers to provide advocacy for what your child needs to thrive in an environment.
I have a BS degree from Florida State University and an MA degree from Antioch University in Child, Couple, and Family Therapy. I worked for eight years as a counselor at an independent K-8 school for students identified with high intellectual potential in Bellevue, WA. When I'm not working, I enjoy hanging out with my family (including Kodi and three cats) adventuring in the outdoors, playing Euro-style board games, or binge-watching strange TV shows. We identify as a neurodivergent family and embrace our nerdom proudly!