After graduating with my BS and MS in Applied Psychology at Eastern Washington University, in 2003, I returned to the PNW, a place that I called home. I have been involved in different aspects of Mental Health Counseling, experiences that were valuable to my professional development. Some areas of experience inculde crisis intervention, relative placement, child therapy, infant mental health and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I feel lucky to have had these experiences and look forward to continuing to grow my expertise with clients who may be struggling with anxiety, depression and transitional issues, as pertaining to the Perinatal period (Pregnancy through the first year postpartum), as well as perinatal loss, stillbirth and struggles through infertility.
I attend regular workshops and trainings as well as consultations with other professionals in the area to continue to develop skills and to remain updated on current mental health topics and issues that are relevant today. It is I have attended regular trainings as well as recently completing the PSI and 2020 Mom Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training in July of 2017, sitting for the Maternal Mental Health Certification in 2020, and am currently working toward perinatal infant loss certification through Hospice & Palliative Care. I feel that to be a well rounded therapist for mothers, it is also important to have education surrounding birth education and have completed doula education as well. As a Perinatal Support of Washington provider, it is imperative that therapists commit to ongoing education to continue to offer quality services to their clients. That is my comittment.
I have agreed to the role of Washington State Climb Coordinator for Perinatal Support Washington, and am excited to promote and advocate awareness this June at our international climb. My involvement includes cirriculum development for consultation groups for PS-WA and sitting on the advisory comittee for perinata mental heath advocacy, and sitting for the Perinatal Mental Health Certificate Exam this year.
Picket Fence Therapy has been serving individuals since 2006! We will be celebrating our 16 year anniversary in January!! I still feel like it is a dream. I am so encouraged every day to be able to work with the families that I do. And the path I have taken to get to this place has been such a huge blessing. Seeing recovery, healing and growth for my clients and personally being able to advocate and encourage awareness in the community keeps me passionate about my work. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your journey with me.