Meet Our Team
Dr. Amy’s approach is strength based, no-nonsense, cognitive-behavioral, systems, supportive and challenging.
Dr. Amy started Dayspring Behavioral Health in 2012 with the goal of creating a team of well qualified mental health professionals to provide therapy, assessment services and educational support services that results in greater mental wellness and improved functioning. Dr. Amy and her team are dedicated to delivering research based treatments and a holistic approach to mental wellness.
In her spare time, Dr. Amy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, coaching cross country and track teams, and training for endurance races.
My process is educational, collaborative, goal oriented, and accompanied by my own quirky sense of humor (I’m not above referencing memes when appropriate). I have a genuine desire to help you with your interpersonal growth and believe it’s important to practice what I preach. I am not afraid of sitting in the “mess” of anxiety, depression, self harm, shame, low self esteem, social media/screen addiction, or academic pressure that you (or your child) might be facing.
As we work together, you will quickly discover that I get hyped on the science behind the brain, development, emotions, and anything else related to the human body. A large part of correcting things like anxiety and depression is biologically based and supported by neuroscience. I help to provide the science behind things so that you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and reasons why suggestions I have might be helpful to you. Knowledge is power, and I believe that a key to sustainable change is the process of getting curious about the interaction within ourselves: biology, genetics, and behavioral patterns.
Your success in therapy rests largely on a mutual collaboration between the two of us. I am not the expert on your life (that’s you!) and my job is not to tell you what path is best to take or what is the right choice to make in a situation. My role is to guide you in self discovery and provide education, perspective, coping techniques, and honest feedback as you navigate life’s challenges.
My style is best suited for individuals who want to grow and improve their lives. You will often hear me ask, “What is your intention for the week?” which creates a space for you to take ownership of your life and work towards sustainable, positive changes. Part of my job will be to maintain accountability and support as you take steps towards achieving your goals.
In my spare time you can find me traveling, in the gym, spending time with loved ones, playing with my cats (Bellatrix and Draco Meowfoy), reading books about the brain, and enjoying a good cup of black coffee.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. – Mother Teresa
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. I love helping people to choose life and tap into their strengths to accept the things they cannot change, to change the things they can and to become active writers of their life’s story. I offer unconditional acceptance and a voice of radical honesty. I have a collaborative and integrative approach. I understand that people are the experts on themselves and every person is complex and needs an approach tailored to their unique situation. I embrace a holistic approach which considers your spirit, mind, body and community. With your permission, I will work with your doctors (MD, ND, PhD) to provide a team effort for your best care.
I am passionate about the work I do as a psychotherapist and even after decades of experience working with people, I still love to laugh.
I work with adolescents with “old souls,” emerging adults, and adults in all stages of life’s challenges and transitions. I am well acquainted with trauma, anxiety, unipolar and bipolar depression. My clients are individuals and couples both hetero- and homosexual. I am an ally to the LGBTQ community.
I also offer Telehealth sessions via a secure HIPAA compliant site.
As a 2x cancer survivor I live with an awareness that life is NOW. I believe in authenticity and integrity to say what you mean and mean what you say. Radical (not brutal) honesty comes from finding and using your genuine voice. My job is to facilitate discovery.
There are people, places and things that suck the life right out of us. Many of those are unavoidable. My approach is to make a list of things that are life-giving and invest time in those people, places and things to counterbalance life suck and keep us thriving.
HOW I HELP
Therapy is not a one size fits all proposition. Therefore, I am integrative, drawing from several modes of therapy: mindfulness-based cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, narrative, positive psychology, existential, gestalt and psychodynamic (to name a few). I am also collaborative, I have expertise but YOU are the expert on YOU.
My life’s work is to be a trusted, healing person to those in pain. My therapy room is many things: a confessional, a delivery room, a crucible, a place of radical honesty with a whole lot of grace. Most of all it is a safe place to tell your story, to process thoughts and feelings, to tell deep, dark secrets, to find strength and hope, to cry and to heal. I believe the very nature of love is redemptive and the economy of the universe will use all things. Simply, the worst lemons can become the sweetest lemonade.
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This is how I choose life. I love to play in the soil. I am an organic gardener with an addiction to creating perennial gardens. Whether working or playing I love being outdoors. I am curious and adventurous. I love to explore and discover. I love walking and hiking. I am a life-long learner and an avid reader/researcher. I read self-help, feminist authors, historical fiction and mysteries. I am also a supporter of LGBTQ rights
In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. – Martin Luther King Jr.
“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero” - Stan Lee
I am a Mental Health Counselor and Hypnotherapist currently in the process of completing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. My clinical interests include working with children, adolescents and young adults who are neurodiverse and often feel misunderstood. I have experience and find enjoyment working with: ADHD, behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum, anger management, anxiety, depression, video game addiction, and the unique challenges young adults face transitioning into adulthood.
Some describe me as “the real deal nerd” as I am well versed with all things Marvel, DC, anime, Pokemon, Minecraft, and many other fandoms. I enjoy incorporating video games and nerd references into my therapeutic work to help bridge the gap between inner worlds. Oftentimes this opens up dialogue and lowers defenses to provide a collaborative space for open and honest reflection. Working within you or your child’s framework is an essential part of building a strong therapeutic alliance.
I strive to help my clients work towards their full potential and provide tools and alternative viewpoints to help them get there. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, science based, and intuitive. Everyone’s needs are different and I strive to tailor my approach to meet my client’s needs and goals. Getting you to the point where you can achieve “maximum effort” is what I am all about. I have a passion for helping children “reprogram” their challenging behavior and create long term change through behavioral modification and cognitive restructuring.
Hypnotherapy offers a unique way to bypass cognitive defenses and gain traction in re-wiring unhelpful thought patterns and working towards healing (No, I will not take over your mind or make you dance like a chicken). Through hypnotherapy, I have seen clients find success in alleviating distress, improving self esteem and confidence, and overcoming psychological/emotional trauma. Hypnotherapy can be helpful in treating anxiety, phobias, trauma, depression, and building healthy habits. (For more information on hypnotherapy, please visit: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-hypnotherapy).
More About Me:
When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my kids and loved ones. I enjoy deep conversations about quantum physics, spirituality, comic books, and research studies. I am additionally trained in martial arts, psychometry, and I am a yearly Comic Con attendee. My friends describe me as calming, innovative, and like the Batman of our office.
HOW I HELP
I work collaboratively with my clients and have a supportive, educational and direct approach. I am focused on identifying and working towards goals, and finding solutions that are tailored to each client’s specific experience. I frequently use CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to help my clients increase awareness of their emotions, develop new insights and establish new coping skills. Ultimately I view myself as a skill builder, insight facilitator and parent coach.
I work with children, teens, young adults and parents alike to build coping skills to address challenges in their lives. I work with clients to create an individualized “toolbox” of skills to help them more effectively cope.
I believe knowledge is power, and I work with my clients to develop new insights about their thoughts, feelings and behavior. We can then use this knowledge to identify and work towards making positive change.
I enjoy working collaboratively with parents to help them best support their child or teen. I frequently work with parents who are struggling to understand their child’s experience, having difficulty getting their child to “open up” or whose child is struggling with anxiety, school performance, behavioral concerns or other issues.
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When out of the office, you can find me cooking, gardening, biking, swimming or skiing. I also love traveling and spending time with friends and family.
There is no disconnect between body and mind—for either to function optimally, both must be cared for. Therefore in therapy, I do not solely attend to matters of the mind. I work with clients in a holistic way, offering encouragement to activate the foundations of health—proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and vigorous exercise—to benefit overall well-being.
We live in a society that places great value on doing and achieving ever more. Constant work, overstimulation, incessant social media demands, et cetera can lead to burnout, anxiety, and depression. I challenge clients to make difficult choices about priorities in an effort to cultivate a more balanced life.
Life can be difficult. Through fostering self-awareness, enhancing cognitive flexibility and creative problem-solving skills, and promoting healthy relaxation strategies, I aim to help clients navigate life’s challenges with greater ease and inner peace.
Left unchecked, human emotions sometimes yield unhelpful and unhealthy patterns in thought and behavior. Through exploration and self-work, clients can regain a sense of agency and emotional freedom—the ability to respond to situations thoughtfully rather than repeatedly falling victim to automatic emotional reactions.
HOW I HELP
I am eclectic in my approach to therapy, as one approach does not fit all, and I employ methods from several therapeutic modalities. In broad terms, my therapeutic stance is holistic and person-centered. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a powerful agent of change and, therefore, I value building trust and a strong rapport with my clients. Additionally, as an art therapist, I believe engagement in art making is life-enhancing and that bringing the creative process into therapy facilitates healing and growth.
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I believe that nature is inherently healing and enjoy spending time out of doors with friends and family doing many activities, including: running, backpacking, gardening, walking my dogs, and
How I Help
Dealing with a Different Life
I enjoy helping people with anxiety, depression or that are on the autism spectrum. My goal is to help them find improvement in their quality of life. One of the commonalities that I find unifies these attributes is the misunderstood perception from the common folk. When working with my clients who share these experiences, I host a safe environment to discuss and process everyday life. I also help collaborate with my clients in order to find coping skills that fits their needs. I believe knowing where our issues lie is the first step, then processing the issues, then implementing tools.
Getting into Gear
I also like to help people in dealing with issues in motivation. In these cases, I look to take the approach of Motivational Interviewing (a mode within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). We work on identifying the deficit followed by identifying options of action to promote movement. In sessions with me, the expectation is that I’m working in tandem with my clients to discover areas of opportunity for growth. Once those areas are exposed, we work together to determine next steps for the client to use as they feel fit. My role as the counselor is to help uncover those opportunities and collaborate on what might be the next steps in their personal journey.
Adjusting to a New Season
The final subset of material that I enjoy helping with is dealing with life transitions. Sometimes people need someone to help walk them through a mentally or emotionally draining part of their life. These things could include change in home, career, worldview, school, relationship status and more. In these sessions, I believe that it is critical for the person to be heard. I also think it’s helpful for a second perspective to identify the situation in a different light. In appropriate moments, we can also work on coping skills in order to get through tough situations like the one’s we would be dealing with in an adjustment period.
About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Sometimes, changing emotions or behaviors can be a difficult task to take on. Maybe you deal with overwhelming emotions that cause distress on a reoccurring and exhaustive basis. Maybe you continuously fall to unhealthy life patterns or simply make poor choices often. I believe that changing the way we think about an issue can influence both emotions and actions. I ascribe closest to cognitive behavioral therapy as my mode of practice. I am a firm believer in changing thinking in order to influence change in feelings and behaviors. In hosting therapy, I spend time teaching my clients to challenge their thinking and formulate new points of view. I also work on developing coping mechanisms that are healthy and effective per the needs of the client. In fit circumstances, I may employ existential methods to those looking for motivation or help determining life direction.
When it comes to Kids and Families
I love working with kids and families! I would use all of the above tools and mindsets, but putting a fun or consumable spin on the material to keep the kids engaged. We do this by building a relationship over conversation, games, and worksheets.
More About Me
In my free time, I enjoy writing and playing music with my friends. Musical expression is one of my favorite ways to decompress. I also enjoy spending time with my wife and cat playing video games or simply enjoying each other’s company. Some other fun facts about me include the following: Born and raised in Washington (Snoqualmie for a majority of my childhood). According to Pottermore, I would be a part of the Gryffindor House. My favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. My favorite sport is baseball. Yes, the Mariners are my favorite even if they struggle to win (often).
I am a mental health counselor with a passion for helping adolescents and adults who are struggling with mental and situational challenges. I view my therapy work with clients as collaborative, person-centered, and strength-based: empowering you to manage and thrive through life’s challenges. Areas that I focus on include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self image, body image, major life transitions, grief and loss, career counseling, interpersonal concerns, and finding purpose and meaning in life. However, I have experience working with individuals with diverse areas of concerns. I believe that counseling is a process that is actively engaged in by both the counselor and the client. I strive to offer a warm, understanding, non-judgmental, compassionate, and knowledgeable environment in order for both of us to work together to provide you with the support you need to navigate through life. Moreover, I am dedicated to doing what I can to assist you in working through your individual or interpersonal concerns.
How I Help
I employ humanistic-existential based counseling in my therapy work. Yet, I recognize that all people are unique and strive to integrate evidence-based treatment approaches as I see fit. I take an integrative approach in order to address cognitions, behaviors, experiences, and emotions which may have negatively impacted you. My goal is to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you to tailor therapy to your specific needs so that you can find meaning and purpose within hardships, grow as a person, and remain open to the possibility of change.
More About Me
I am passionate about my therapy work and am constantly honored to be a part of others’ personal journey, healing, and growth. Before I became a therapist I worked in multiple research settings with individuals who experienced memory and cognitive impairment, survived cancer, experienced emotion regulation difficulties, and those living with HIV. Outside of my therapy work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, in nature, with my dog, listening and playing music, reading, writing, and baking.
Talking to a complete stranger about life can be a little weird, so here is a little about me; I love taking time to be with friends, treat my sweet tooth, watch sci-fi/action movies, and work on cars. While I consider myself mechanically inclined, I know people take a little longer to rewire than a car. It takes time to reach personal goals and find healing, but I believe time spent with others can be the best investment!
How do I do therapy? My approach is to tailor my treatment to my client. I know that one size does not fit all! My primary methods involve utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Humanistic Existential Therapy. Doing what I can to connect on a relational level is also very important. There’s typically two experts in the room when I’m working; I’ll be the one with the knowledge in counseling, and I will need your expertise on you!
So what’s my experience working with others? I started off working with young men, ages 8-21, in residential group home and detention center settings. Many faced struggles in the foster care system, the Dept. of Corrections, and knowing how to have positive relationships in their lives. I later worked in public schools providing behavior therapy to children on the Autism Spectrum and with behavior disorders. Having support through school is one of the most important things for students. I have also served in a university-based community mental health clinic and one college counseling center for engineering students. There I could help those facing the first years as an adult, making career track decisions, and still having to study! Since then, I joined the staff at Dayspring Behavioral Health working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples from all walks of life.
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Prior to being a therapist, I was a professional artist, creating paintings and sculptures that depicted my love of nature and all living things. These days, I still paint but therapy is my passion and I love to find creative ways to help others to express themselves. When I’m not working, I’m cooking for my friends, pampering my dog and cat, hiking around the Pacific Northwest or I’m poking around in tide-pools and spying on the jellyfish. I have found and kept 253 clovers with 4 or more leaves to date. I am a Hufflepuff and love all things Studio Ghibli.
I am passionate about helping others find solutions to life’s numerous challenges and I value opportunities to help clients become more in touch with their creative sides. Through learning new coping skills, identifying helpful boundaries, or gaining appreciation for one’s sensitives, I work to support clients as they become creative problem-solvers in their own stories.
I work well with deep-thinkers that are motivated to better understand themselves and are open to working collaboratively to appreciate their strengths and sensitives. I aim to guide and encourage clients as they process challenges and develop new strategies for overcoming life’s hardships and become the experts of their own strengths.
Self-Compassion & Humor
I sincerely believe in the healing powers of laughter and encourage clients, when appropriate, to engage with this power in session as a tool to provide room for self-compassion.
“...the laughter that happens when people are truth-telling and showing up and being real -- I call that ‘knowing laughter’. That's what good laughter is about. It's about knowing that you're not alone.” – Brene Brown
How I Help
My therapeutic style is flexible, open-minded, client-focused, and goal-oriented. I strive to meet client’s where they are at in their therapeutic journey and utilize introspective discussion to explore aspects of life such as, generational influences, coping skills, societal pressures, life expectations, and/or unhelpful past narratives. I aim to help clients meet their therapy goals by utilizing elements from various theoretical perspectives including, but not limited to: solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy.
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An introvert myself, I thoroughly enjoy cracking open a new book or listening to a true-crime podcast. I enjoy exploring new places and can never turn down a good thrift store adventure.
HOW I HELP
Human beings are wired for connection. The problems we experience can leave us feeling isolated, broken, and powerless. Those who are suffering are often told to “get over it,” “just look on the bright side,” or “it could be worse.” Not everyone is comfortable around human suffering. I am someone who will sit beside those who feel cast aside and unseen. I help people deconstruct problems and rewrite their narrative. I operate from several therapeutic modalities in order to provide the best treatment for my clients. People are diverse and so are their problems. I believe in teaching skills and finding potential.
WHAT’S A NARRATIVE?
A narrative is a story we believe properly describes our lives. However, we can be mired by problematic stories we tell ourselves or have had thrust upon us. I am strange. I am not a good friend. I am depressed. We typically experience problems when we live by those short descriptions. They leave out so much about a person. By breaking down these narratives, I help people re-author their lives.
WHAT’S A TOOL WORTH IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE SKILLS TO USE IT?
People often expect therapy to provide them with “tools.” I think therapeutic tools are great, if you know how to use them. I believe therapy is about developing skills and finding long-term solutions. I am trained to use many common therapy models and I hope to tailor my approach to fit the client and their needs.
A HERO’S JOURNEY
Does your child struggle with low self-esteem? Are anger outbursts a common occurrence? Is it difficult for them to do well in school and connect with others? Perhaps your child has not yet realized they are a superhero in the making. Perhaps they are need of a superhero coach! Superheroes may be fictitious but their effects on our lives are very real. I am well-versed in the world of imagination and bring that in my therapeutic approach with kids. I help kids see themselves as extraordinary people and realize their potential.
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I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am a self-proclaimed nerd and I am a passionate Denver Broncos fan. Running out in nature is my favorite way to unwind. I hope to see more of the world and meet as many people as I can.
MORE ABOUT MEDICAL FAMILY THERAPY
Medical family therapy is all about integrated care. A medical family therapist acts as a bridge between medical providers to help people feel cared for. People can often become frustrated when they have several medical providers that do not seem to talk with one another. It can also be disheartening when people do not feel like they completely understand their treatment plan or have a say in it. Medical family therapists help people have more control of their care and improve communication with medical providers
adults of all ages as well.
WHO DO I WORK WITH
To guide my practice, I draw from experience providing emotional, social, and behavioral support in many diverse settings. Throughout my career I’ve held positions that have given me experience with a variety of clients. At the beginning of my career, while doing my Bachelors in Psychology, I worked in the homes and community with clients diagnosed with Autism, sensory processing disorders, and behavioral struggles, ages 2 to 28. Later, I worked in several school settings, Kindergarten through 12th grade, both in the classroom and as a school counselor. In this later work, I provided support for clients with ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, behavioral issues, family conflict, parenting issues, coping skills, and those struggling with life transitions.
HOW CAN I HELP
I do not believe in a one size fits all approach to therapy. A technique, strategy, or therapeutic approach that works for one client, will not work for everyone. Therefore, I pull from several theories of therapy in order to help clients move towards growth and healing. Along with that, I believe that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important parts of therapy. I hope to hold a space where my clients feel comfortable to explore their feelings, thoughts, relationships, and experiences. I wholeheartedly believe that sometimes you have to “shop around” for the therapist you are going to click with, and that’s okay. I would be honored to be a part of this journey even if only a short time.
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When not in the office, I spend my time outside typically with my dog, Carbon, friends and/or family, or I am off exploring as I love traveling. When Mother Nature does not agree with this, I spend time curled up with a good book, crafting, listening to records that were passed down from my parents, rock climbing, and trying to keep plants alive.
I view emotion as an agent of change. The powerful life experiences that shape who we are and the choices we make are accompanied by profound emotions. We can reflect on those times to better understand them, and harness emotion’s power to shape your life going forward.
Identity is a constantly changing construct all throughout life. Some of us might be trying to find who we are, and some of us may feel we have lost ourselves. Through nonjudgmental strengths-based discussions, I help my clients process the different parts of themselves and be confident and empowered by their individuality.
This profound life experience leaves a permanent mark on our emotional growth. It is one of the most complex and difficult experiences to process and the change can be very painful. Whether expected or unexpected, I guide and support my clients by creating a space for them to feel their grief, find the humanity within it, and honor their loss.
Our intimate relationships have equal capacities for love and hurt. Whether you are a little uncertain or at the end of your rope, counseling can help you sort through the mess to find the magic. I use an evidence-based practice with couples and families experiencing anxiety, depression, confusion and conflict to help them de-escalate and grow together.
How I Help
My approach is flexible and lively because we are all so unique in our experiences, and laughter is a healing tool. I operate from a client-centered perspective, which employs a diverse array of therapeutic modalities to meet the needs of every person. I also have a naturally comedic and energetic disposition, which I use to help you breathe during the challenging times. I value a trusting therapeutic alliance and listen with curiosity to help you discover the best version of yourself.
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I self-care by balancing my energy usage, creating a sustainable cycle of alone and friend/family time so I am always prepared to connect with my self and others in each experience. When I'm not out on the town enjoying family or friends, I endorse an “in-doorsy” lifestyle that fosters my passion for movies and television. Some of my favorites include Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and a variety of anime.
As a psychometrist, I have experience assessing children and adults for ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. I worked under Dr. Ford’s supervision in 2016-2017 learning different tests and conducting assessments. I have recently graduated with my Doctorate and I am thrilled to be back to continue refining my skills in neuropsychological assessments. I can help you find out how your brain works, what your areas of strength are, and what are some areas where you need additional support. Along with the assessment team, we want you to be able to use our findings to help you be successful.
I enjoy spending time with family, friends, and coworkers. When I am not doing therapy or assessments, you can probably find me traveling, salsa/Latin dancing, singing, listening to music, watching Spanish soap operas, or getting puppy loves from my dog, Avi.
HOW I HELP
My goal is to honor my clients as unique individuals and believe they are the expert in their own lives. I choose my therapeutic modalities and techniques on a case by case basis, in order to provide individualized treatment to build upon my clients’ strengths. My work with clients is goal-oriented, meaning that I will empower my clients to recognize and utilize their strengths in our work together to achieve positive change. I strive to provide my clients with a toolbox of coping skills that we will collaboratively build together.
I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, trauma, substance use disorders and neurodiversity, such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies with friends, spending time outdoors, and doing puzzles. I grew up in Arizona, so while I do miss the constant sun, rainy days in a cozy coffee shop with a good book are my favorite!
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and received my MA in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. My internship was in community mental health working with children, adolescents and their families. Some of the issues I work with are depression, anxiety, ADHD and adjustment disorders as well as issues of spirituality and identity.
I would consider it an honor to hear from you, work with you and get to know your story.
Relationship is the catalyst of healing. While working with clients, it is my belief that relationship is the foundation of understanding the client’s world—your world. And it is in your world that I believe it is helpful to face and experience all aspects of one’s life to grow; happiness, heartbreak, grief and loss, awe, calmness, horror, awkwardness, nostalgia, intrigue, sexual excitement, sympathy and empathy, triumph, joy.
As a therapist, I value a wholistic client-centered foundation, shaping therapy to the needs of the client through collaboration, gaining of self-awareness, and use of psychoeducation. My current clinical interests include working with kids, adolescents, and young adults, and someday refugees! In the field, I am proficient in evidence-based theories such as CBT and solution-focused therapy, but also enjoy elements of Adlerian and Existential therapy. Having goals, observing patterns, and finding meaning are all powerful ways to living a healthier life. I have my Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certification and enjoy working with those with trauma.
Common counseling issues include but are not limited to:
• Breakup and relationships
• Child/Adolescent Issues
• Young Adult Issues
• Sexual issues
• Identity Issues
• Multicultural Concerns/Cultural Assimilation
• Religious issues and spirituality
Originally from the Midwest, in 2018 I moved out to the lovely Pacific Northwest and completed my MA in Counseling with a clinical mental health specialization at City University. For my alma mater, I received a BA in Psychology and Religion from Calvin University.
My day always begins with a healthy cup of coffee (no cream!) and a walk with my sidekick: a playful young labradoodle. In my free time, I enjoy a myriad of hobbies including reading, writing, strumming guitar, swing dancing, hiking, running, nerding out over video games and movies, and loving on other dogs at the dog park! I love to travel, and hope to spend time in the Middle East, Europe, or Latin America someday. I appreciate Washington for its beautiful landscape and proximity to the ocean. I reside in Seattle, where I enjoy watching seaplanes from Gasworks and finding new espresso shops on every corner.
“I want you to get excited about who you are, what you are, what you have, and what can still be for you. I want to inspire you to see that you can go far beyond where you are right now.”
HOW I HELP
My process is experiential, I believe that people often have the solutions to their own problems, and that I can aid in the recognition of these solutions by focusing on strengths and successes. I practice an integrative approach that incorporates components of narrative, mindfulness, and art therapies. One of my biggest strengths is the genuine care and concern that I have for my clients. I believe that experience is a powerful agent of change, I strive to create a therapeutic environment in which you feel safe and heard where you feel comfortable to explore and practice change within the context of our relationship. It is my goal to help you clarify and work toward achieving your goals. You are empowered to make your own decisions and I respect your authority as the expert on your own life. During the course of therapy, I will challenge your beliefs and perspectives which are holding you back from living the life you wish to have and the goals you want to achieve. During this process, I will provide support, listen, coaching and empathy utilizing a collaborative approach with you in helping shape a new reality.
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In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with loved ones, or simply enjoying a good movie/TV show.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Work Associate, Counselor, and Behavioral Technician with a passion for people in all walks of life working to navigate the ever-changing world around them. Professionally, I have an extensive history working with trauma and crisis, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as behavioral therapy for children and adolescents with behavioral issues and spectrum disorders. I strive to meet people where they are at and help to redefine the mental constructs that keep them from living their lives to the fullest.
To do this, I often blend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CB-T), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DB-T) along with a Person in Environment centered approach to retrain negative cognitive processes, as well as use the resources (people, skills, passions) available to the client to best meet their needs. These approaches can be tailored and modified to best fit each client. With kids and adolescents, I find it important to use structured game and play therapy, and well as supportive empowerment to make them aware of their own strengths to help them make their own goals and advancements in their personal, school and social lives.
Personal, family, and parent education are among the top of my passions in the mental health field. Helping persons to navigate their mental illness as well as assisting families in navigating the presence of mental illness in their lives is an important tool for moving forward that I fear is often missing in treatment. This includes assisting in parent education to understand the benefits and limits of parenting measures when it comes to psychological and behavioral disorders in their dependents. These realities can be overwhelming for families, my desire is to take the pressure off and work together to face them.
These therapeutic approaches are not band-aids, or one-time fixes, it will be a collaborative effort over time with you, to effect change on a personal level. Understanding the effects of the issues faced, making reasonable and tangible short-term goals, and working toward retraining cognitive processes and daily routines in order to see the long-term changes you have been striving for is the ultimate goal of therapy. I am excited to work alongside you to reach the goals you have for your personal life.
As a mom myself, of both human and fur babies, all of my personal time is spent practicing my own balance of work, home, and self, to be the best version of myself that I can be. This includes hiking, training, listening to audiobooks, cooking, sewing, hosting game nights, and spending as much time as I can making those I love laugh. You’ll find that my sense of humor and caustic wit will make its way into sessions as we become more familiar with each other because I firmly believe in making as much humor out of the things life throws our way as possible.
My mission is to empower children (as young as 3 years old) and adults who want to manage and find healing from behavioral and emotional challenges as well as trauma and new transitions. I also genuinely enjoy increasing healthy connection and communication through family and couples counseling.
I like going at the pace of my client. I bring my personality, which consists of compassion, no judgment, creativity, encouragement and insightful questions to help improve motivation, finding the root cause and self-awareness. My approach is mostly strengths-based using a mix of research-based techniques (including but not limited to CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, family systems and child centered play therapy), psychoeducation of how the brain works, maintaining accountability, and coaching.
Additionally, for clients who find value in receiving counseling in Spanish, or who prefer faith-based counseling, I can provide that when requested. I use my educational, professional and personal experience with Christianity to help those who find support and hope in their faith.
In my free time, I devote time to get training to become a registered play therapist. My personal interests include hiking, cooking, journaling, dancing and spending time with loved ones.
Here are some motivational quotes:
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” ~ Mr. Rogers
“This is the real secret of life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ~ Alan W. Watts
I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor and a nationally registered Art Therapist. I received my degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University in Boston,Ma. I have always had a passion for utilizing a variety of arts in work with my clients, and I enjoy working with many different types of clients and diagnoses. Art is a tool I use within therapy to help the client express and process complex emotions and situations. I believe art is an important part of healing, especially for children. In addition to art, I use different tools and methods depending on the need of the client.
I’ve come to Dayspring from community mental health where I treated marginalized populations. This has long been a passion of mine. I have worked with diagnoses of anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, behavioral challenges, and more. I have an affinity for middle schoolers, but I am open to working with all ages.
How I Help
I do my best to align with all my clients. I like to first meet my clients where they currently are at, and then work together to creatively move through the barriers and challenges they face. Each session is unique, and I approach each one with an open mind and flexible plan. I want to work with clients and parents to identify client strengths and use those to motivate change and growth. I have completed specialized training in CBT+ which includes CBT for Anxiety, CBT for Depression, CBT for behavioral challenges and Trauma-Focused CBT. I also use a combination of humanistic, person-centered and trauma-informed care.
More About Me
In my free time, you can find me crocheting/knitting a garment or painting a picture. I am a maker through and through! I also love spending time with my husband and our two silly cats. I enjoy being outdoors most, and I’m always up for a good walk. In the spring and summer, I love to garden and grow my own vegetables.
Play therapy is a supportive practice that taps into a child's expressive self. Young children communicate through play in a way that can work out challenges they have faced, may face, or express how they see their world. Through this style, I work with parents and their children to be able to join together to make sense of struggles and feel supported by their most trusted people.
The way people connect with others in their world can begin with their first relationships. Looking at a relationship through their attachment can be a way to pinpoint struggles in connecting and potential avenues to build that muscle. A repair can be more impactful than the rupture and sometimes that means we will 'sit in the stink', as I like to call it. In this way children can learn how to process strong emotions within the safety of their relationships.
Whether it is with a child or one on one support, I enjoy joining my clients in a way that encourages skills they already have and practice skills that may be a bit more challenging. The parent is the expert, and I am here to join with you in deepening connections with your child and yourself.
I have known my whole life that my vocational calling was to work with people. Your story matters. Peoples’ stories can get messy and I am not afraid to sit in that mess with my clients. I use Narrative Therapy to help clients see the power of their own story and allow me into that narrative to help redefine the messier or more broken parts. I truly believe that clients know the depth of their own story and my role as the therapist is to offer new perspectives for different outcomes. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients pinpoint what they value most about their story and work toward acceptance and commitment in taking action steps toward their goals. For children, I use play therapy to help interweave the Narrative and ACT approaches.
I am very passionate about helping adolescents and adults to understand and recover from their eating disorders. I have experience in working with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). Previously I worked at Eating Recovery Center as a Primary Therapist on a multi-disciplinary team where learned and trained in the treatment of eating disorders for children and adults both in residential and partial-outpatient settings. I use a Health at Every Size (HAES) approach which means I believe in body neutrality and body celebration for all body types and sizes.
Sometimes life throws curveballs that are difficult to navigate or cope through. And other times life takes expected or planned out turns and yet those new chapters can still be filled with anxiety, stress, sadness, grief, or anger. I use an Emotion Focused approach to help clients listen to what their emotions are trying to tell them (with some psychoeducation on the brain and emotions) along with offering coping skills to help them cope through the emotional weight of their experiences.
MORE ABOUT ME
In my free time I enjoy singing and playing piano, listening to Broadway music, taking a good book to a coffee shop, playing board games with friends, and watching movies with loved ones. I also enjoy snuggling my cat, Remus (named after Remus Lupin from Harry Potter), who is polydactyl which means she has thumbs! Some other fun facts about me include: I was born and raised in Washington (mostly the Snohomish and King country area). I do prefer coffee to tea, but I love a good cup of chamomile or earl gray. My favorite color is yellow because it reminds me of the sun (always wishing for more of it here in WA). I am somewhat of a Star Wars nerd.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate. I received my Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Adult Mental Health and Wellness. I did my clinical internship conducting individual and group therapy at Community Psychiatric Clinic, and I facilitated group therapy at Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital.
My specialization is to work with adults and adolescents in individual therapy to address experiences of depression, anxiety, adjustment to life transitions, grief, trauma, perinatal/postpartum depression and anxiety, and parenting support. I have experience supporting adults managing symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
I view the therapist-client relationship as a partnership to address your wellness goals. You are the expert of your story, goals, and process. My role is to provide a safe space to reflect, process, and heal, while working with you to identify strengths and tools to help.
I provide evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions-focused therapy, behavioral activation therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy skills, and personal narrative.
Clinical Social Work is an approach to therapy that incorporates a systematic approach. Often in life we create dynamics of me versus them, when in reality there are multiple influences on a situation. Systems theory in therapy keeps in mind the context that might affect our emotions, perspectives, and relationships.
MORE ABOUT ME
I unwind by exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I enjoy triathlons, rock climbing, camping, and hiking. I am often either chasing after my two children, gardening with my husband, or listening to a memoir.
WHO DO I WORK WITH
My main experience comes with working with at-risk youth. I worked primarily with youth in the foster care system, as well as individuals who were experiencing family conflict and youth who were experiencing homelessness. During my graduate school experience, I worked with families and children in a rural school district, as a school based mental health counselor. I have worked with clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, anxiety, behavioral health issues, as well as working through interpersonal family conflict in a therapeutic setting.
HOW CAN I HELP
I believe that every person has the right to individualized care. Because we are all unique, what works for one client may not work for the next. I like to approach helping clients with a fresh lens every time, getting to know them first, and figuring out which therapeutic approach to best help their situation second. Building a relationship of trust and openness is the most important part to therapy, and being able to create an atmosphere where the client feels safe and secure is my goal. Maybe you’ve done this before, and maybe this is your first time in therapy; my approach will not change. I want to find what works best for you so you can get the most out of this experience.
MORE ABOUT ME
In my free time, I have a myriad of hobbies, fueled by my extroverted personality. I love spending time with friends, checking out new parts of my city, and trying every single coffee shop I see! On the rainy days, I spend time inside cooking, baking or woodworking.
Renee appreciates the work culture Dayspring brings and the incredibly committed providers that render services on a daily basis. It really does make a great team to work with and when you do, collaboration is a key to success. That’s what makes DaySpring so wonderful to work for.
"You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you." -Song of Songs 4:7
Spare time... I love spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, and I have an obsession for fashion!
My approach to my work is methodical, very organized, and goal-oriented. Once I set my mind to something, I don’t give up easily until it is done correctly. I am someone my coworkers can count on to get the job done well, accurately and in a timely direct manner.
When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. Especially my dog, he brings so much joy! If I could do anything without time or money as an object, you would find me traveling. My favorite place I have traveled to so far is the Grand Cayman Island where I got to see and touch sea turtles, one of my favorite animals. My go-to vacation spot is Disneyland and like to go once a year. It is the happiest place on earth after all!
I'm an avid reader and enjoy spending time with my family, taking in all that the beautiful northwest has to offer!