My Counseling Philosophy and Approach
I specialize in treating anxiety, stress, depression, family conflict, relationship issues, anger/impulse control, personal growth/self esteem, and career concerns & work related-stress. I have been extensively trained in the areas of work trauma and workplace bullying. This is a unique aspect of my practice and a rare specialty in the field of professional counseling.
I believe when people seek counseling, it is because they want to make a change in their lives. They may want to improve a life situation, solve a particular problem, make a decision, or achieve a greater understanding of life or personal circumstances.
I employ counseling techniques from a variety of theoretical orientations, based on the individual needs of my clients. Frequently, I adopt cognitive behavioral, family systems, and solution-focused approaches and strive to incorporate elements of person-centered, humanistic therapies. I also believe in the healing qualities of nature and wilderness; sometimes integrating outdoor experiences into the therapy process.
Initially, I ask clients to explore feelings and concerns, as well as identify desired areas of change. Once the client and I establish an understanding of the situation, we work together to achieve mutually agreed upon goals.
I believe that effective counseling requires a commitment of time, energy, and active participation by all parties involved. Activities associated with the counseling process may occur during and between scheduled sessions.
My Education and Counseling Experience
I have dedicated my professional career to helping people in-need. I have more than 15 years of experience counseling and teaching adults, adolescents, couples, families, and children. I've worked as a therapist and supervisor in a variety of settings, including: community mental health clinics, residential treatment programs, day treatment programs, psychiatric hospitals, wilderness therapy programs, non-profit organizations, and public schools.
I am the former Administrator of the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). Through WBI, I continue to offer professional coaching services to targets of workplace bullying. Since joining the organization in 2009, I've coached more than 1,000 individuals throughout the U.S. & Canada, as well as clients in China, Sweden, Indonesia, Croatia, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, India, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, and the United Kingdom.
I hold a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology, a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology, and an Associate's Degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the State of Washington, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Colorado, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Your Privacy is Important
Services provided by Eden Therapy are protected by the US Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Information provided during therapy sessions is private and confidential, as stated in Washington and Colorado Statutes.