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 internationally as a professional road cyclist alongside Olympians on the World Cup Circuit. The two jobs complemented each other remarkably well. Work hard and restore hard was my motto!

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’m passionate about teaching IFS and supporting clinicians doing their own work so they can be more Self led, effective and energized. I lead IFS consultation and process groups for healing professionals around the world. I assist at IFS Trainings and lead 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 contact me.

My experience suffering a career-ending traumatic brain injury in 2010 and being diagnosed with an incurable joint disease (Rheumatoid Arthritis) in 2014 transformed my outlook on life, relationship with myself and others. IFS and Mindful Self Compassion practices helped carry me through some of the most challenging and isolated years of my life. The healing power of these frameworks makes me more passionate than ever about cultivating more presence, self-compassion and open-heartedness in our world.

When I’m not spreading the light as a therapist and teacher, I’m likely replenishing outside, chasing oxygen and sky in a variety of activities with my husband of 25 years and our time-share vizsla. Thanks for reading and I look forward to interacting with you soon!