Education, Training, and Experience
I’ve been providing counseling services for a little more than 12 years. I earned my Master’s in Psychology: Emphasis in Counseling from Chapman University in 2008. At that time I was offered a full time position with the behavioral health clinic where I completed my internship, Greater Lakes Mental Health Care. During my time at the clinic I saw people from diverse backgrounds, many who had experienced a trauma event of one form or another. My desire to get better at helping people impacted in this way, led me to seek out training for treating trauma, including a treatment called Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing, or EMDR for short. I found myself drawn to other approaches, and completed training in Solution-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, among others. In 2018, I started TacomaCounseling, PLLC as a solo-practitioner private practice. By December 2019, I opted to resign from the clinic, ready to launch my private practice full-time.
Providing counseling to people marks a transition to my 3rd career. I had a brief foray into theatre arts when I was much younger, acting and designing, primarily as a Technical Director for a community theatre in West Texas for about a year. Searching for a little more stability, I transitioned to teaching. I first worked as an elementary school teacher at an arts magnet school, where I taught theatre to Kindergarteners to 5th graders for 4 years. Other teaching experiences involved helping adults explore going back to school, providing Adult Basic Education and GED prep. Teaching part-time also helped me go back to school.
Eventually, I listened to my heart and the feedback given to me from so many mentors and friends and family, that I can listen deeply and lovingly to others. I’ve found my true vocation, helping others heal, grow, and transform.
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