I earned a bachelors degree in secondary education from Whitworth University and worked with youth of various backgrounds for more than 10 years. Three of my teaching years were spent as a missionary in the Republic of Panama where I learned about some of my most fervent passions, such as social justice, gender issues, and inequality. Upon returning to the United States, I attended graduate school at Northwest University for counseling psychology with an emphasis in International Development and Community Care. During the licensing process, I worked at Seattle's Union Gospel Mission with women coming out of addiction and homelessness. I have worked to clear trauma, help people through grief, forgiveness, anger, and shame, which I have seen to be root of much of the depression and anxiety in the clients with whom I have had the pleasure of working. I have also taught groups on healthy relationships, practicing boundaries, and assertiveness skills. I have never enjoyed a job more.
Outside of counseling, I spend time doing lots of crafty hobbies and taking care of myself and my family. My husband and I enjoy lots of outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and camping. We also volunteer in our community with the youth football program, and I continue to volunteer by teaching relationship classes with women in recovery.