Engaging deeply with people is what feeds my soul. This influenced my decision to major in psychology at the University of Montana. Because I am also, by nature, an explorer, my path is rarely straightforward and always includes some side trips. I was well into adulthood when I graduated with my BA and moved on to a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. I chose this school because of the philosophical focus of the psychology program. Being grounded in an existentialist perspective and steeped in a human science research paradigm, it was well suited to my tendency to grapple with the complexities of human experience and the meanings inherent therein. A good clinical program tempered by sound research strategies has enabled me to work intuitively while always checking that intuition against the evidence as experienced by the client and provided by research.
After graduation in 2002 I moved to this area, having visited Seattle earlier in life and deciding then that I would eventually settle here. I have worked at the Washington State Corrections Center for Women, the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, Rainier School, and Western State Hospital. I have been in part time private practice since 2010 with a group in University Place called Behavioral Counseling Associates. Junctures is an exciting avenue of exploration for me and I am enjoying expanding my practice to the Hilltop Area of Tacoma.