I have been working with pregnant and parenting families for 25 years and love what I do!
I grew up in the Seattle area and went east for my undergraduate degree at Brandeis University. I moved back to Seattle after graduation and began working as a case manager with homeless youth and teenage parents. I loved this work and learned how to work with very complex family systems and help clients overcome seemingly insurmountable situations.
In 2002, I completed my Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Science at Bastyr University. In addition to learning clinical skills, my program was based on the concept that a good practitioner must also do their own therapeutic work. So, while learning and growing as a psychotherapist, I was also learning and growing as a person.
A few years after completing my Master’s degree, I realized how much I loved the pregnancy and birth aspect of my work. I had been to a couple of births where my clients had a doula and was intrigued by the idea of supporting families throughout their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. So, I embarked on my training and certification as a birth doula. During this time, I also served clients and helped develop and manage the Birth Doula Services program at Open Arms Perinatal Services, a community-based organization that serves hundreds of low-income families every year.
In 2008, we moved to Boulder, CO and I opened my doula and psychotherapy practice there. I also completed my training and certification as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator and Happiest Baby Educator.
My passion for working with families during the perinatal period, along with my training as a psychotherapist, led me to working with pregnant and postpartum trauma survivors. In 2011, I was invited by Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, LMFT to become a When Survivors Give Birth Approved Trainer. So for the past decade, in addition to working with clients, I have been training professionals on working with pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors.
In 2016, we embarked on a sabbatical to Guatemala, and upon our return to the states decided to come back to the Seattle-area to be closer to family and the water.
In the years since our return to Washington, I have continued my work as a psychotherapist and trainer. I also worked as a Child & Family Therapist at the Hope RISING Clinic for prenatally substance exposed children and their families, and spent two years working on the Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh) board. In February 2020, I started teaching in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University; every spring I have the honor of teaching future midwives how to work with clients who have a history of trauma or are struggling with addiction or eating disorders.
I have been married for 17 years and have two beautiful children. My children have taught me, first hand, the joy and intensity of parenthood and have certainly made me a more empathetic practitioner.
If you have any questions about me or my services, please contact me. I look forward to working with you!