About me

I entered the clinical field of psychotherapy from a background in experiential education and adventure therapy in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. I have practiced as a family systems therapist for over twenty years with a wide range of clinical populations and in a variety of settings. After receiving my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University, New York, in 1999, I worked as a therapist and advocate for survivors of sexual trauma for four years at the Syracuse Rape Crisis Center. I restored from this demanding work by competing nationally as a professional road cyclist with some of the top female athletes in the world. The two jobs complemented each other remarkably well!

In 2003, I moved to Spokane from Syracuse, NY, with my spouse, who is a philosophy professor at Gonzaga University. (Go Zags!) While building my private practice, I consulted with the GU Administration on developing their sexual assault response policy and taught a senior seminar to GU Psychology majors for several years, introducing them to the field of family systems therapy.

After years of intensive training, supervision and clinical practice, I became a Certified IFS Therapist in 2010. I worked individually for a year with IFS founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, and have maintained regular therapy and supervision with two IFS Lead Trainers since 2009. I currently lead groups for healing professionals, supervise MFT and IFS therapists, and offer consultation to IFS therapists nationally and abroad. I enjoy assisting at IFS Level 1 trainings on the west coast and lead regional workshops on IFS and mindful self-compassion. If you’re interested in a half, full day or two day Introductory IFS Experience (with CEs) or retreat experience helping you incorporate more self-compassion and open-heartedness into your life, please email me.

My experience suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2010 and being diagnosed with an incurable joint disease in 2014 have deeply informed my experience and outlook on life, relationship with myself and others. IFS and Mindful Self Compassion practices played a significant role in my emotional well-being through some of the hardest years of my life. I’m passionate about cultivating more presence, self-compassion and open-heartedness in our world. When I’m not working, I can usually be found outside, chasing fresh air in a variety of activities year-round with my husband of 25 years and my time-share vizsla, Zukie. The photos on this site were taken during our adventures. Thanks for reading and I look forward to interacting with you soon!