My background, my work
Licensed - SLP State of Washington
Certified - SLP, ASHA
Certified - Trainer, Center for Nonviolent Communication
Trained - Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center
I graduated with my Master's Degree in 1995, and began my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, while expanding my studies to include mindfulness, and tools for personal development and social change. After eight years of extensive study and practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), also known as Compassionate Communication, I became a Certified Trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication in 2005.
In addition to my 20+ years of teaching and supervising graduate students at in a university clinic, I've worked as a therapist, coach, and consultant in various other settings, including medical institutions, public and private elementary and middle schools, private practice, and other businesses and organizations. I have also volunteered my services to many individuals, organizations, and communities over the years.
My unique skill set is based on practices from the fields of interpersonal neurobiology, developmental and humanistic psychology, the communication sciences and disorders, trauma-informed care, cognitive and behavioral approaches to counseling, facilitative and transformative mediation, and more. In-depth study of these diverse but related fields has enabled me to offer highly specialized therapy, training, and coaching services.
My philosophy is deeply rooted in the belief in our human potential and our intrinsic (though often untapped) motivation to learn, grow, and bring the best of who we are to the world. Using relationship and connection as a springboard for change, I create a collaborative partnership with each client and family, with the intent to honor and invoke their own authority, wisdom, and potential in the therapeutic or coaching process.
When I'm not working I enjoy time with my two amazing children and greatest teachers, Asa and Saheli, and our puppy Myla. My children provide me with unending inspiration and an unmistakable sense of purpose every day. Blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest, I love spending time outdoors and try to give myself a good dose of nature every. I make sure to nurture my connections with friends and community and lean into the things that inspire my curiosity, creativity, and joy. Each day I try to embrace both the challenges and joys of life and live my values as fully as I can. I love learning, writing, dancing and singing....though sometimes don't do enough of the dancing and singing! I enjoy the quiet moments, very much, and am convinced of the power of daily mindfulness practices in building my resilience, compassion, and presence in this fast-paced and complex world.
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