“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
I am a Washington native with an affinity for mountains, hiking, animals, plant based food, and music. I am laid back, open, and known to occasionally curse. 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 worked with and conducted case management for adults with severe persistent psychiatric illnesses in a community mental health agency. I left community mental health to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus on neuropsychology. While completing my degree, I worked as a psychometrist administering neuropsychological and psychological tests to children, adolescents, and adults in a private practice setting and a local hospital.
I completed practicums in community health care and a hospital neurosciences department . My pre-internship was completed in two departments of a medical group; psychology and primary care. In the psychology department I did assessment administration and provided therapy for individuals in the primary care clinic. Many of the individuals I saw had psychological factors impacting their physical health or physical illness and/or injury deleteriously affecting their mental health. I felt it was best I learned more about how these go hand-in-hand. So, I remained in the medical group setting to complete my internship specializing in health psychology. Upon completion of my internship and degree, I spent two years as a clinician in a group practice and now am venturing out on my own.
I believe in treating a person as a whole not just symptoms. For this reason, I practice within "A Greater Whole," a naturopathic wellness clinic. Providers in the clinic offer a variety of treatment modalities for the mind and body. 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 wellness.
Dr. Robertson is a primary care provider who specializes in naturopathic medicine, functional medicine, longevity, esthetics and more. She offers primary care, nutrient injections, IV therapy, functional medicine, natural aesthetic procedures, and PRP in addition to neural prolotherapy for pain management.
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.
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 using Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Narrative, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. While I am integrative and work to meet my clients where they are at rather than set and agenda for them, I can be directive when necessary 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.
Initial 90 minute session.
All sessions 60 minute sessions following the intake.
All sessions 60 minute sessions following the intake.
Sliding Scale Occasionally Negotiable
Payment is due at your appointment. You may use debit, credit, cash or check.
I am not in network with insurance providers . At this time, insurance will not reimburse for sessions with me. I have a reduced rate for this reason.
In the future, my prices will increase and I will provide a super bill for you to submit to insurance for reimbursement.
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.
How do I find out if I have out-of-network benefits? Visit your provider's website or call the customer service line and ask if you have out-of-network mental or behavioral health coverage.
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 appropriate.