Welcome, I am pleased you have found your way to my site. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and psychotherapist practicing in the Snoqualmie Valley since 1993, serving North Bend, Snoqualmie, Issaquah, Cle Elum and surrounding communities. My Eastside office is located in North Bend, Washington in a quiet rural setting, ideal for the introspective work of counseling and psychotherapy. I work with adults and couples who are navigating through a diverse array of life's challenges, changes and losses.
It is usually the uncomfortable presence of emotional symptoms that brings us to consider psychotherapy. The symptoms of depression, lingering grief, constant anxiety, or the loss of identity or relationship are always unpleasant, yet at the same time these are helpful psychological cairns that mark the paths to change. Symptoms that bring us pain beckon us back to a more fruitful path, and encourage us to strengthen ourselves for the journey that unfolds in front of us.
Therapy creates a quiet space to look at our lives with fresh eyes. It is an opportunity to increase our ability to engage the world, to build new skills or to find ways of making meaning out of our experience. Although eliminating emotional pain is most often the initial motivation for seeking therapy, our work usually evolves into deeper, more significant questions about our lives and how we might live more fully. Courageously addressing these fundamental questions can be transformational. By redirecting the energy spent supporting our fear and pain, we give life to our unrealized potential and creative possibilities.
A therapeutic relationship requires a foundation of safety, trust, and respect upon which the integration of new approaches to life may be considered. The balancing of unconditional support and effective challenge hinges on your comfort with that relationship. The following pages will tell you a little bit more about me and how I approach this work. If you think I may be of help to you, please contact me for a free initial consultation.