My Personal Story: I entered the helping profession after having a "dark night of the soul", where I faced my own demons of addiction and early childhood trauma. I couldn't have survived without community and therapy so was motivated to find ways to be of service, especially with folks who were still struggling, wanting to share my journey of healing and recovery. Eventually I became a social worker and then therapist, with a family of my own. When I became a parent, I was introduced to hypnotherapy as a client to address my own childhood trauma that was triggering depression and anxiety. As I delved deeper into my own healing, I became more and more interested in hypnotherapy and felt first-hand the curative capacity of working on a subconscious and somatic level. I was able to change some core beliefs and behaviors that allowed me to heal and realize my goals. I pursued my own training to be able to offer this modality to others and have been in on-going trainings and group retreats ever since to learn and continue my own healing. I firmly believe that through my own work, I am able to be more present and hold space for others, while sharing both my clinical and personal experience.
My Professional Story: I am a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified advanced hypnotherapist with a private practice in the heart of central Seattle. Through out my work, I have strived to see person in context from a culturally responsive and anti-oppressionlens. I have worked in the field of addiction and trauma for over 20 years as a mental health clinician in community mental health clinics, a public health community worker with high risk individuals, a chemical dependency counselor, a manager of programs focusing on PTSD among young adults and as a coordinator of research teams examining the factors that help individuals change behavior. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology and a masters degree in social work from the University of Washington.
I have training and experience in hypnotherapy, chemical dependency treatment, systems, humanistic and psychodynamic theory, mindfulness and somatic approaches, transpersonal psychology and trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I continue my search for greater meaning by delving into existential philosophy and pursuing my own spiritual practices. I am excited to offer hypnotherapy as a very powerful healing tool to get to the root of your problems. I especially love working with groups and leading retreats to heal dysfunctional family dynamics in a therapeutic community.
My areas of expertise are:
- trauma related disorders - dissociative disorders - anxiety and depression - substance use issues - self esteem - age regression hypnotherapy - personal and spiritual transformation
I currently accept Premera, Lifewise and First Choice insurance plans. Otherwise I am considered an out of network provider and can provide a receipt that can be submitted for reimbursement.
Please accept my invitation to come in for a free 30 minute informational session to find out if Harmony Hypnotherapy and Counseling is right for you. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.