“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
- Viktor Frankl
I am a Washington native with an affinity for mountains, hiking, animals, plant based food, and plants. I am laid back, open, and known to occasionally curse. In addition, I am an ally who advocates for racial justice and gender equality. I am passionate about health, lifestyle medicine, performance improvement, and the WNBA (Go Storm!). I believe in kindness and compassion as well as being the change I would like to see in the world (Credit to Gandhi for that one).
I have been in behavioral health since 2007. I started my career as a case manager and crisis responder in a community mental health agency. I left to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus on neuropsychology.
I completed practicums in two different settings: community health care and the neuroscience department of a local hospital. During this time, I also worked as a psychometrist administering neuropsychological and psychological tests to individuals of all ages.
I completed a one year pre-internship dividing time between two departments of a medical group practice. I administered neuropsychological assessments within the psychology department and conducted individual therapy in the primary care clinic. I also began researching methods used to diagnose Alzheimer's Disease for my dissertation.
I was intrigued by the interplay of physical illness. injury, psychological and environmental factors present in many of the clients I saw. I decided to stay in this setting and complete my internship. This allowed me to increase my experience in neuropsychology and specialize in health psychology.
I completed internship, defended my dissertation and was grantded my degree and went to work in a group private practice. I spent two years as a health psychologist with the group before opening my own practice in 2019.
I value authenticity, warmth and openness. I focus on fostering a genuine relationship with each person I see. I also believe in collaboration and treating the whole person not just their symptoms. Oftentimes issues within the body contribute to the experience of depression, anxiety, fatigue and/or "brain fog." For this reason, I practice within "A Greater Whole," a naturopathic wellness clinic. You may opt to see me only or talk with my colleague, Dr. Tacita Robertson about what she can do to help you on your journey toward improved quality of life and wellness.
A new addition to my practice is an obesity treatment and lifestyle change program. Dr. Tacita and I watched medications like Ozempic, Wegovy (semaglutide) and Mounjaro (tirzepatide) become the "go to" for weight loss. We had several concerns with how these medications were being prescribed and utilized. Our solution was to create an evidenced based obesity treatment and lifestyle change program comprised of medical, psychological and lifestyle approaches.
Dr. Tacita provides medically guided obesity treatment and is a primary care physician who specializes in personalized naturopathic and regenerative medicine.
Learn more about Dr. Robertson's practice here:
I work with adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, disordered eating, sport and business performance difficulties, and other distress causing issues. I see individuals adjusting to new diagnoses and those living with medical illnesses (e.g. Type 1 diabetes, cancer, Crohn's). In addition, I also see people with dementias, neurological disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis) or brain injuries (e.g. concussion, deficits due to stroke, etc.), and sports injuries. I also work with family members of individuals experiencing any of the aforementioned ailments.
Lifestyle change has long been something I have enjoyed working on with clients. I recently teamed up with Dr. Tacita Robertson to develop an obesity treatment protocol that targets relationship with food, exercise, "health and wellness" and addresses the negative impact of diet culture on those struggling to maintain or lose weight. Those who I see for this do the behavioral and psychological work that leads to longterm sustainable change and improved health not just weight loss.
In addition to health related concerns, I see individuals who are looking for help with communication. I work with adults experiencing relationship strain do to frequent miscommunication. I also see individuals seeking assistance in communicating with their bosses, coworkers, doctors or challenging clients.
Bodily symptoms such as pain, headaches, fatigue, tension, or digestive problems are often signs of emotional distress. I help clients link their symptoms to physical, mental, and lifestyle related factors. I am able to help identify where the individual can influence their life and determine with them how to create the changes they feel would lead to a decrease in suffering and increase in quality of life and wellness.
I also help clients to navigate the medical system and follow through with recommendations and treatment plans made by other members of their care team (e.g. specialists, primary care physician, etc.). I enjoy helping clients build a care team so that they receive the holistic care they need in order to increase the quality of their lives.
My approach with communication related issues involves teaching the individual to respond rather than react. To ask particular types of questions structured in a manner that decreases the likelihood of a defensive response or reaction from those the person is addressing.
I see the person as a whole, not a conglomeration of symptoms. I am very integrative and take a mind-body approach informed by Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Reality, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies and Lifestyle Medicine.
While I am integrative and work to meet my clients where they are at rather than set an agenda for them, I am directive when necessary. I work to help the client confront, accept, or overcome barriers to change and success.
I do not give homework in the traditional cognitive behavioral sense. I do make suggestions to clients and teach behavior modification techniques that require practice. Real talk: I am not a fan of doing homework so do not assign any.
I often suggest actions the individual can take or "tools" they can experiment with between sessions. For example, someone wanting to decrease anxiety would be taught relaxation techniques in session and encouraged to practice them at home.
Initial 90 minute session.
All sessions 55 minute sessions following the intake.
Price per hour and prorated as appropriate.
Price per hour.
Sliding Scale Occasionally Negotiable
Payment is due at your appointment. You may use debit, credit, HSA, FSA, cash or check.
I am not in network with insurance providers. I will provide a super bill for you to submit to insurance for reimbursement. It is best if you contact your insurance provider prior to your appointment to determine if you have out-of-network benefits and clarify the terms of your plan.
Service codes to ask about are :
90791 - Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation 90 min
90832 - individual therapy 30 min
90834 - individual therapy 45 min
90837 - individual therapy 60 min
90839 - individual therapy for crisis up to 74 min
How do I find out if I have out-of-network benefits? Visit your provider's website or call the customer service number listed on the back of your insurance card. The specific service codes to ask about are listed in the "Private Pay" section to the left.
What is health psychology?
Health psychology examines the psychological, behavioral and environmental contributions to mental and physical health. A health psychologist such as myself has an understanding of how psychological factors influence physical health and recovery from injury and vice versa. In addition, we are well versed in behavior modification for treating lifestyle related illnesses.
Will you write a letter for an emotional support animal? No, I do not write letters for emotional support animals. I am happy to provide a treatment summary for your primary care provider in support of the certification of your animal if it is determined to be an element of your care.