A.A.S. in Human Services
Chemical Dependency Certificate
Highline College, 2012
BASW in Social Work, Liberty University - Current
Professional Licensure Wa State DOH
Drug and Alcohol Evaluations
Substance Abuse Education
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and lived in several states, finally settling down here in the beautiful Seattle area since 1997. As a young teenager I endured abuse and my only coping skill at that time was to escape with alcohol and drugs. This began a 23 year battle in and out of active addiction and a roller coaster ride of unhealthy relationships. In 2008 I made my decision to begin working towards recovery. Today I am happy to say I am substance free and life has never been better.
I decided to become a substance use counselor and have been working in this field since 2012, advancing to become a Clinical Supervisor in addition to direct counseling. I have worked in Behavioral Health Outpatient programs, Residential Inpatient and Co-Occurrring facilities, joining with various Therapeutic Courts and programs. This has been the most rewarding career path as I love to give back to others the gifts which were given to me. I have returned back to school to continue my education of gaining my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
My therapeutic approach is trauma informed, culturally diverse and collaborative. I use a variety of techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation and Solution Focused methods. Partnering with others to develop a strong Relapse Prevention plan, increase self-esteem, remove shame and guilt and develop coping skills are just the beginning. I utilize integrated medicine and holistic approaches for a healthier way of life.