For the first twenty years of my career, I was a creative writing professor at universities across the west. Helping students find their voices and tell their stories was a profound privilege that I continue to learn from. I am currently training as a couple and family systems therapist at Seattle University. My two decades of experience working with adults and children as a teacher and advisor have provided me with rich insight into the unique and varied ways that people show up in the world. I was born and raised in Seattle, but have lived in Chicago, Tucson, and Denver, and have also worked abroad in Turkey, Italy, Slovakia, Ireland, and South Africa. I live in Seattle’s Rainier Valley with my partner and son. .
Everyone gets stuck. Having the courage to reach out for counseling is a major step that I’m honored to support. If you’ve found this website, it’s likely that something within you is calling out for change. My role as your therapist is to help you remove obstacles to growth and cultivate your strengths in order to realize the life that you hope to live. Whether you’ve experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, or struggled through major adjustments in life, you can heal. The goal of our therapeutic work will be a collaborative effort to prepare the groundwork for that healing to unfold. I practice from a narrative approach with an emphasis on emotions, insight, and change. In short, I’m interested in learning your story—with all its subplots, challenges, and unseen possibilities—in order to help you make the changes you’re seeking. As a systemic therapist, I welcome individuals, couples, families, and children.