My Background and Influences
My earliest clinical work was at a regional emergency department and trauma center where I saw both children and adults. I went on to work for the Superior Court of Washington in King County’s Family Court. Since then I have continued to work with children, adults and families experiencing a variety of major life transitions including those related to adoption, divorce, medical issues, disability and aging. 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 addition to my clinical and forensic 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. In addition to completing a Master of Social Work at the University of Washington in 1987, I am a graduate of the University of Washington’s (School of Law) Parent Evaluation and Training Program.
Because major life transitions involving children and/or families are often emotionally and physically taxing for all concerned, I take great care to treat everyone with respect, empathy and compassion. My work is highly professional and ethical reflecting recognized standards of practice.