Welcome to Northwest Assessment and Therapy. I am a licensed mental health therapist, school psychologist and school counselor. I have over 30 years of experience providing therapeutic services to people of all ages. I am EMDR certified and through this work I have seen people heal from extensive wounds and move into thriving.
Therapeutic Modalities: You are naturally wired for healing, and I use techniques that will reset your mind and body for optimal mental health. I view my work through an Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model, and use an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from a tool bag of evidence based practices to help you reach your goals. I frequently use aspects of EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused CBT, dialectical behavior therapy, and ACT. I emphasize mindfulness based practices and the therapeutic relationship in every meeting because they are important elements in healing. I will also interweave education in our sessions to help you understand how your brain reacts to stress and how to heal from it. If you have skill deficits, I’ll give you direct instruction in work, school, or social skills as needed.
Strengths Based: I help people who are struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression or connection with others. My goal is to help each person identify their own strengths and values so they can move toward a meaningful life. Not everyone develops at the same rate, and being different can feel lonely and alienating. I believe people are resilient, and well-timed therapy and support can help us all get back on track.
Trauma: I want you to know that we can HEAL your trauma. Behaviors that look to others like anger, opposition to authority, or extreme avoidance are actually self-protection. You might turn inward after a trauma, restricting your experiences and behaviors to avoid further danger or pain, which leads to a smaller existence. You don’t need to do that anymore. I believe that if you lived through something horrifying, you are already resilient! You are a survivor. We will work together to move you to a place where you can lean in and engage with the world around you without fear. If you have experienced something traumatic, I want to help you neutralize your painful memories. Please visit my EMDR page to learn more.
Adolescents require special attention. I approach these relationships carefully in order to establish rapport and trust. I do not tell teens what to do or how to get better. I use questioning to discover the core need driving their behaviors and emphasize their strengths to help them explore different ways of interacting with the world in order to grow and learn. I like to work with parents collaboratively, so our meetings will often start with a brief check in with parents and then move to a one on one setting. I love working with resistant teens, and spend part of my week working in a trauma-informed alternative high school as a behavior specialist. If school is a problem for your child I will work collaboratively with parents, teachers and administrators, while giving your child a voice in the process to improve school functioning.
I have extensive experience in disability identification, schools, and the challenges associated with raising children who don’t develop like the experts say they should. I frequently work with high functioning children on the autism spectrum, and twice exceptional students (gifted and disabled). I hold a special place in my heart for adolescents who struggle to meet the social and academic demands of school, and the parents who raise them.
I am very excited to meet you and start the important work of helping you grow and thrive!
*Evaluations: I am putting my evaluation calendar on hold. I am doing some ADHD evaluations as my calendar allows.
- Telehealth – Anywhere in WA state