My Background and Influences
My earliest clinical work was at a major sexual assault and trauma center where I saw both children and adults. Since then I have continued to work with children and families experiencing a variety of complex traumas related to early attachment wounds, relational trauma, and/or feelings of distress brought about by illness, divorce, death, addiction, and other major life transitions. During the past decade my clinical work has also been influenced by the emerging field of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, developmental psychopathology and interpersonal neurobiology. In recent years my most influential teachers have included Daniel Siegel, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Jack Kornfield, Laurel Parnell, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.
In addition to my clinical work, I have completed over a 1,000 court-ordered assessments in various family, adoption, mental health, guardianship and dependency proceedings for the Washington State Superior Courts. At this time I am accepting referrals for adoption, parenting coordination/case management, mediation, and parenting evaluations. I am a former social worker and social work supervisor for King County Superior Court’s Family Court Services and a graduate of the University of Washington’s (School of Law) Parent Evaluation and Training Program. Because court cases involving children and/or families are often emotionally and physically taxing for all concerned, I take care to treat everyone with respect and compassion. My work is highly professional and ethical reflecting recognized standards of practice.