About Me

I was raised in the town of Loveland, located on the Front Range in Colorado. After graduation from high school, I attended Arizona State University. I graduated with my Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Justice Studies. Missing the seasons and snow, I returned to Colorado, where I started working with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. I worked with young adults around daily functioning, family issues, and substance use. This is where I learned that I truly enjoyed working with teens and children. Recognizing how development and family can have a huge impact on children, I realized that I wanted to work with young adults in a therapeutic arena. I returned to school attending University of Northern Colorado achieving my Masters in Community Counseling with an emphasis is Marriage and Family therapy. After graduation I started working for a non-profit agency, Island Grove Regional Treatment Center, where I focused my work on Play Therapy with the children of mothers involved in substance abuse and domestic violence treatment. I received special training in Play Therapy, taking trainings and an intensive course that gave me a theoretical base and tools on how to work with children as young as two years of age.

As life changes and new possibilities come into our lives we sometimes need to make changes and take some different risks. In August 2007 I realized it was my time to take a risk. I moved to Washington and began working at Ryther Child Center. Continuing my work with children and adolescents, I found myself doing very similar work as I had in Colorado. The work transition was easy, the weather was something to get used to. Although the green year round makes it worthwhile for me! As I moved towards my own personal goals I realized that I wanted to work for myself and serve clients in Lynnwood-Mill Creek area.