I’ve worked as a family systems therapist for over 25 years—from Syracuse, NY, to Spokane, WA. I’m deeply committed to doing my own internal work and supporting healing professionals to become more self-aware, proficient, inclusive and ethical.
As an Approved Internal Family Systems (IFS) Clinical Consultant and AAMFT Approved Supervisor, I maintain a private practice, lead international online clinical consultation groups, and in-person workshops and retreats. I’ve worked with over 250 consultees, spanning 26 countries and 19 time zones in my online groups since 2019.
My IFS foundation was built working individually with IFS Founder, Dr. Richard Schwartz, in 2008. I maintain my own regular therapy and supervision with IFS Lead Trainers, assist in IFS Level 1 & 2 trainings, have co-facilitated an eating disorder consultation group with Lead Trainer, Mary Kruger, LMFT, since 2018, and served as sole Faculty Assistant to Dick Schwartz at the Cape Cod Institute in 2021 and 2022.
My career as a therapist began as a Wilderness Instructor in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. After shifting to indoor, sedentary clinical work with families impacted by sexual trauma and disordered eating, I found myself burned out and discouraged after a decade. Fortunately, discovering IFS in 2008 kept me in the field, as my caregiving parts learned to relax and trust my Self to lead and heal.
IFS and Mindful Self Compassion practices also carried me through a bewildering decade recovering from an invisible traumatic brain injury and navigating the chronic challenges of another hidden health issue, rheumatoid arthritis. My familiarity with long-term social isolation and remote learning became the catalyst to expand my professional focus to serve a wider, global online community of healing professionals.
I identify as a white, cis, hetero, married, childfree woman with socioeconomic stability and US citizenship. I am committed to DEI through reflective awareness, ongoing conversations, and taking responsibility for my undeserved privileges.
Students say they appreciate my energy, presence, vulnerability and the connection and safety I create in my groups. I’ve lived throughout the US, Canada, Germany and call Eastern Washington home, unceded land of the Spokane tribe, Children of the Sun.
I look forward to working with you soon!
- Consultant, Supervisor, Group & Workshop Facilitator
- PESI Seminar Speaker
- Speaking Engagements
- IFS Institute Approved Consultant for Certification
- AAMFT Approved Supervisor
- Certified IFS Therapist since 2010
- Program Assistant for the IFS Institute
- IFIO (IFS couples therapy) trained. Basic and Advanced.
- WA State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) since 2004
- Individual, Couple, Family and Group Psychotherapist since 1998