As a licensed clinical social worker I provide counseling services to adults, children and families. I earned my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington as well as an additional 100-hour certification in children's mental health. Areas of expertise include: mood disorders (including anxiety and depression), children & adolescents, ADHD, parenting issues, stress management, grief and loss, divorce, and trauma recovery. I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
I have co-taught the Court mandated impact on children seminar “What Children of Divorce Really Need,” since 2001 in Pierce County.
My style is comfortable, sincere and relaxed as I strive to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere. My approach to therapy is strength-based and client-centered. I believe that counseling should be a collaborative experience where learning, healing and growth can occur in a safe environment. I also believe that mental health counseling should be an empowering process that allows people to take back control of their lives.
Lila - our sweet lovable office companion does such a wonderful job of providing comfort and attention to all who visit us.
Her talents are many! She can act as a stress reliever, an anxiety soother, a mood lifter, a heart warmer and a producer of excitement.
She generally gives a warm welcome to new comers and then as she settles – she crawls into her comfy bed and takes a little nap. We are very grateful for all of the gifts that she brings to our office!
Kris keeps us all organized. Kris comes to us from a medical background having worked as an LPN in home health care.
Her many talents come from being a stay at home Mom for 14 years.