I started off in school pursuing a Computer Science degree. It was only after feeling much more alive and engaged in psychology classes that I realized my desire to work with people more intimately.
Since then, I have done a lot of self-healing work and I have learned to make decisions from my whole being, rather than following only what my mind thinks. My passion is to use the teachings from my healing journey and support others’ healing, expansion, and transformation.
My experience as a school counselor, therapist, instructor, and leadership coach draws on a wide range of approaches. I am an avid learner and have studied mainstream counseling techniques, as well as, shamanic healing, psycho-spiritual counseling, bioenergetics, Energy Psychology, dyad communication, grief and loss ceremonies, Restorative Touch Energy Work, Tantra, EMDR, Enlightenment Intensives, Brain Health, Neuroleadership and Authentic Leadership. I maintain a state license (LMHC) and national certification (NCC).
Be more self-confident
Be excited and self-motivated
Feel clarity in your decisions
Find more direction and focus
Increase your ability to manage problems
Develop new pathways to achieve your goals
Magnify your ability to give and receive love
Improve trust, communication and respect in your relationships
I have been featured on the Vibrational Health Radio Show, where I coached parents to raise responsible, capable, and conscious children. I have counseled deaf and hearing children and youth in schools on a wide range of issues, as well as provide in-home family intervention for conflict resolution and effective communication.
I have enjoyed volunteering at food banks and at a shelter with women and children who had experienced domestic violence, being a youth activity coordinator (including ropes course facilitation), and facilitating Parenting with Love and Logic classes. I am also an Ordained Minister and a Certified Spiritual Healer.
These experiences have been my path of evolution. There have been many times of darkness where I gained wisdom and grace from sitting through the depth of my pain and sorrow. Many times, I had to learn the hard way that differences in relationship don't have to be difficult. I am grateful for these times of darkness.
That's why I am passionate about helping individuals and couples deepen their connection and understanding of each other during conflict. I believe we are all a work of art in progress.Throughout my journey, I have been blessed to have mentors and teachings that have pushed me beyond my comfort zone and into living a life which is more aligned with my innermost desires.
My mission is to honor these teachings by supporting your healing journey.You deserve confidence, clarity, and compassion for yourself. You deserve to live authentically, whatever that means to you. I can help you heal from your past and live more fully in the present. Together we create personalized tools that release the armor and barriers to your joy.
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Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals, 2-Day Training, PESI, May 2020
NeuroCoach Certification and NeuroLeader Certification, Optimind, November 20, 2018, 12 CE
Brain Health Coaching Certification, Amen Clinic, September 4, 2018, 50CE
Neuroendocrinology of Acute, Chronic and Complex PTSD, Ana Gomez/Uri Bergmann PhD, March 20-21, 27-28, 2015, 14CE
Progress Notes/Recordkeeping, Francis Schopick, JD, MSW, LICSW, March 27, 2015, 6 CE
The Use of EMDR With Complex Trauma & Dissociative Symptoms, Curt Rouznzoin, PhD, EMDR Institute, January 21, 2015, 12CE
Looking Through the Eyes: EMDR and Ego State Therapy Across the Dissociative Continuum, Sandra Paulsen, PhD, December 6-7, 2014, Seattle WA, 14 CE
1st Summit of Complex Trauma, Dissociative Symptoms & EMDR Therapy, Sandra Paulsen, PhD; Carol Forgash, LCSW; Jim Knipe, PhD; Uri Bergmann, PhD, EMDR Institute, November 7-8, 14-15, 2014, 12 CE
EMDR in the Treatment of Complex Trauma, for Clients with Symptoms of Addictive & Compulsive Behaviors, Susan Brown, PhD, Olympia WA, May 2-3, 2014, 14 CE
Integrating Neurobiology & EMDR: Part 3-4, Exploring the Thalamus and Neural Integration, Dean Dickerson, PhD, Olympia WA, March 15, 2014, 6 CE
When There Are No Words: EMDR for Very Early Trauma and Neglect, Sandra Paulsen, Seattle WA, December 1-2, 2013,14 CE
Integrating Neurobiology & EMDR: Part 1-2, Brain Evolution and Adaptive Information Processing, Dean Dickerson, PhD, Olympia WA, November 2, 2013, 6 CE
“I See You, I Feel You, I Know You: An EMDR Attachment-Focused Model to Heal the Parent-Child Bond”, Ana Gomez MC, LPC, Olympia WA May 4-5, 2013, 13 CE
Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator, The Gottman Institute, May 3, 2013
Clinical Supervision I-III, Yvonne Owen, PhD, Cascadia Training, Seattle WA April 19th, 2013, 18 CE
Using the EMDR AIP Model for Treating Adult Clients with Complex PTSD, Jim Knipe, PhD, Seattle, WA, Feb 25-26, 2012, 14 CE