I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State. I have been licensed since 2013. I have enjoyed my years as a therapist working with all types of age demographics. Over the past two years, I have reignited my desire to work with couples. I invested in the researched based couples counseling model with the Gottman Institute. This pushed my capacity as a therapist to support couples in their relationship.
However, I still felt like I wanted to continue to grow as a therapist. In early 2020, I decided that I wanted to become a sex therapist. Why? Because the conversation about sex, intimacy and sexuality is essential, and I see my role to enhance that conversation. I am currently under the supervision of a certified sex therapist as I continue to invest in my couples/individual work. To become a certified sex therapist it takes significant more training beyond what a graduate program typically offers. I am grateful for my continued learning opportunity.
I offer counseling services from a person centered therapeutic approach. Central to this theory was Carl Rodger's hypothesis that “it is the individual that has within himself or herself vast resources for self-understanding, for alternating his or her self-concept, attitudes, and self-directed behavior- and that these resources can be tapped if only a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided." Rodger’s instructions to the therapists was to adhere to three elements: genuineness (realness), acceptance (caring), & empathetic understanding.
Practicing over the years, I have found this theory to be a great place for growth and healing for my clients. When I am leaning into Roger’s elements I see my clients come to life. They know I am not judging. They feel safe to explore even their most frightening truths. Why? Because they know I only want the best for them. Yet, here’s the best part... they have the key to unlock their identified challenges. I am only a facilitator on their journey.