Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Women's development, women's relationships, Narrative, Solution Focused, Feminist, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology.
During college, I created my own major, titled Women’s Holistic Development. It consisted of studies in multiple disciplines including psychology, sociology, theology, and physiology. I chose this path due to feeling limited to one area to which to understand the human experience. I focused my education on the complex realities of women in their context and the role gender plays in human experience. In graduate school, System’s Theory gave me a framework to apply my knowledge to the the therapeutic environment.
I consistently work to build my own self awareness in order to be most helpful in the therapeutic relationship and value the unique experience of each individual. I encourage collaboration within the therapeutic relationship in order to optimize our time together.
I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a Student Designed Major in Women’s Holistic Development. I attended graduate school at Pacific Lutheran University and received a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State. License number 60543643.
What is MFT?
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) originated during the mid-twentieth century to counter against the prevailing idea of the time that the mind was ‘fixable’ and a ‘thing’ to be diagnosed and treated. MFT arose out of challenging this view and way of practicing through Communication and System theory. Similar to parts of a machine working in synchronization, individuals are also parts of larger systems for which they impact and are impacted in return. This is a simple way of explaining System’s Theory. MFT is rooted in a non-pathological stance; meaning, people are not ‘broken’ or ‘unhealthy,’ rather inherently resilient and possessing unique strengths.
Due to it’s focus on context, MFT is helpful in treating couples and families, however, it is equally applicable to individuals. Thus, you will find trained Marriage and Family Therapists working with a wide variety of populations.