I'm a licensed Marriage Family Therapy Associate in the state of Washington. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University's Marriage and Family Therapy Program, I had a focus on Emotionally-Focused Therapy and attachment. During this time I worked with families and couples primarily, as well as foster and adopted children and children living with relatives. During my internship, I found that working with children alone was extremely unproductive. Working in therapy with parents, children and/or entire families on attachment issues brought forth the lasting connections families needed to be successful.
Prior to my graduate work, I was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, working as a Mental Health Counselor For 8 years. For three years, I was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, working on the inpatient Psych unit. In 2005, I was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. I deployed with the 47th Combat Support Hospital as the Mental Health asset. My second tour, I was a part of the 98th Combat Stress Control, providing treatment to remote patrol basis in the Baghdad area. I worked with soldiers suffering from trauma, grief and loss, PTSD, family separation issues, and much more on both deployments.
Through life experience, my eight years in the Military, and my previous work as a Placement Specialist for a Child Foster Placement Agency, I have become convinced of this. Deep and lasting healing does not come from brief interventions (though these are helpful tools), but rather, by understanding our innate need for human connection and it's fantastic power to heal. It is in relationship, we are wounded, and in relationship, we are healed.