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Early on, I realized I had a gift for interacting with people. My natural curiosity about those around me made it easy to build genuine connection and trust. With ease, I could have deep and meaningful conversations with people I just met. I studied French, Spanish and sociolinguistics in college and was fascinated with language—how it’s used to connect us to each other, and how changes in syntax or code could shift conversation. I recognized that connection and communication are more than simply what was is said, but how tone and intention can either make or break a moment, decision or negotiation.

I  had worked with youth in the outdoor education throughout school, and after college on a whim took a job assisting C-level executives with their businesses and families. I enjoyed the daily challenges of the business world, but I quietly relished the moments when the executive’s kids would come to my office, ask questions, lament their troubles and share their joys.  I realized the importance of creating a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings and that my strength in soft skills had a deeper purpose.

I went back to school and earned an M.Ed in Counseling from Seattle University, and have spent nearly a decade working with children and their parents in both public and private education. Life came full circle when I returned to the corporate sector as a wellness coach for Fortune 100 companies and state agencies, coaching employees around resilience and perseverance during challenging projects.

It’s with this experience that I have the privilege of meeting my clients where they are at- with a genuine and straight forward approach. I believe that we have the capacity to have difficult and honest conversations if we’re given the right environment with a caring and connected practitioner. I deeply value the difficult work of therapy and feel honored to be part of this process.

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