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As a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2007 and Board-Approved Supervisor since 2009, I offer in-person and telehealth counseling services for individuals and couples. I also provide professional supervision for masters level clinicians seeking state licensure.  While I have experience treating most mental health conditions, my professional background includes specializations in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders, ADHD, adjustment difficulties, and diagnostics.  I hold certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Relationship Counseling (The Gottman Method).

Informed by over 15 years of professional experience providing services for clients in a range of clinical settings, my approach to counseling is both strengths and evidence-based.  While I believe that it is normal to feel unbalanced at different times in life, I also believe that there is a more productive approach than 'white-knuckling' our way through these challenges.  Counseling is an individualized process of exploring the nature of our thoughts and emotions in the interest of learning practical ways to grow personally and interpersonally.  I approach my work with couples not with the goal of changing the other person but by doing our own individual work in a couples context.  The personal changes we make are the most effective way to improve the relationship itself.

As study after study shows, the biggest driver for change in the counseling process is the relationship between counselor and client.  Even the most skillfully delivered techniques have limitations without an authentic and trusting therapeutic alliance.  My foremost effort is the relationship first followed by evidence-based, practical modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral and Narrative Therapies, both of which are well substantiated by scientific research as effective means to durable change.

INSURANCE

I am empaneled as a preferred provider with Aetna, Premera of Alaska, the Blue Cross Blue Shield network, MODA, PacificSource and EBMS.  I also accept out-of-network carriers.  If you have private health insurance with a high deductible, don't have insurance at all, or have Medicaid or Medicare, you may be eligible for a sliding fee discount.

EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION & LICENSES:

Bachelor of Psychology and Philosophy-St. John's College (2002)

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Alaska Pacific University (2007)

Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Alaska # 612 (2009)

National Certified Counselor, National Certification # 271717 (2012)

Board Approved Supervisor, State of Alaska Board of Professional Counselors # 109347 (2012)