Where Compassion Meets Understanding

Mental Health Counseling with a focus on LGBTQ+ identity

Services

Counseling Services

*Unfortunately, my schedule is currently full and I am not taking new clients at this time.* 


This is an LGBTQ+, poly, and kink positive practice. You are safe here.


I am in-network with Premera Blue Cross, LifeWise, Asuris, Regence, Community Health Plan of Washington, Kaiser Permanente, Cigna, Aetna, Molina, Amerigroup, Coordinated Care, Ambetter, First Choice Health, Providence, and United Healthcare. I also accept private pay and have a sliding fee scale based on income. We can discuss prices/insurances during your consultation or on the phone before your appointment.

Specialties

I welcome clients of all identities and backgrounds.  My focus is on LGBTQ+ clients because it is my passion.  I am knowledgeable about polyamory and non-monogomy as well.  However, at this time I am not offering couples or family counseling.


A great need right now is in the transgender and gender expansive community.  I am an ally and do my best to stay up-to-date on the latest research and terminology.  As a trans-affirming provider, I believe that there is nothing wrong with you.  Your gender identity is 100% valid, with or without medical intervention.  However, I am happy to write letters for hormones/surgery for my clients if needed.


I also am trained to work with ADHD, developmental and complex trauma, religious trauma, PTSD, attachment problems, anxiety, depression, and psychotic disorders.

Experience

I was trained at Gonzaga University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  I completed my clinical internship at HighRoad Human Services, a community health clinic in Idaho that works with foster children and their families.


After graduation, I gained experience working at Frontier Behavioral Health, with adults struggling with severe and chronic mental illness.  I was a clinician on the PACT Team, helping people with psychotic disorders with medication, therapy, and community support. 


Before opening  my own private practice, I worked at Cornerstone Cottage, a residential treatment facility in Post Falls, Idaho for teenage girls in the foster care system.  These clients had developmental and complex trauma and were dealing with attachment and behavioral difficulties.


I started my own business focusing on LGBTQ+ clients because I am passionate about this community.  I also saw that many people in Spokane still are not able to access providers they need and don't feel safe to discuss or work through gender identity and sexual/affectional orientation.  My mission is to help fill that need.

Methods and Style

I provide a nonjudgmental environment where you can feel safe to discuss and work through identity, relationships, symptoms, and life circumstances. I am strengths-focused, which means that I believe your greatest strengths will help you overcome your obstacles and achieve your goals. I care about your autonomy and want to work with you on the goals you choose.


My methods and counseling style are trauma-informed and based on Person-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (such as ACT and DBT), Attachment, and Feminism.  I acknowledge that collective trauma causes a lot of problems that, on the surface, can look like other issues.   I also enjoy getting to the root of things creatively, using Expressive Arts Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Play Therapy.  I have an eclectic approach, tailoring my interventions to each client.


People need to feel heard and believe that they matter.  I understand that sometimes our problems are centered around internalizing the problematic themes of dominant culture, believing we are shameful, unworthy, less-than, and defective.  I invite you to challenge those norms and beliefs with me, so that you can learn how to thrive.