MA – Counseling, LMHC
WA State License #LH61242581
It’s so nice to meet you. Here’s a little more about me.
Welcome to Inner Phoenix Embodied Arts, a private counseling practice for folks who like things a little different, a little more active, a little more natural and holistic. I’ve found that when you bring your whole self comes to therapy (not just your mind or brain, but your physical body, your heart and spirit), a whole lot more healing and awareness can happen, including integration of all your parts and systems.
A little about me…
My work is influenced by many paths I’ve walked and my continued learning as I go. One of my gifts in life is weaving and integrating what I learn through nature, ritual and ceremony, safe embodiment, curiosity, night dreams and life dreams together using all of the modalities mentioned here for the most impactful, deeply integrative experience that will be your therapy journey.
I earned my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and my MA in Psychology / Nature-based and Expressive Arts Therapy and Dreamwork from Antioch University. I have earned credentials as a fully Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I have also completed Certification as an Expressive Arts Therapist (CEAT) through Northwest Creative and Expressive Arts Institute. I completed 700+ hour Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist trainings in the Viniyoga tradition; Clinical Trauma Professional training; Trans Foundations and more courses through The Transgender Training Institute, and several related trainings in support of trans allyship through other organizations. I participate in continuing education as part of my ongoing professional development and always welcome feedback and suggestions for training topics from my clients.
How We’ll Get There
- Expressive & Creative Arts
- Nature-based Therapies
- Dream Bridging
What is all that?
Wilderness Therapy, Adventure Therapy, EcoTherapy
These therapies all have nature in common, utilizing it in different ways.
Ecotherapy can be seen as nature being my co-therapist, and is so much more. Are you someone who says things like “I need to work this out in my garden” or “I just need to get some time in the woods” or “Sitting by the lake will solve this”? That is what ecotherapy is all about: reducing stress and anxiety, improving your mode, and getting you some clear headspace so you can better solve all the things. In session, this may look like a hike, a walk in the park, or sitting on the beach with our toes in the sand while we talk.
Guess what? Mindfulness is part of every one of these therapy modalities! No matter which one I use with you, or if I weave several into your session, mindfulness is guaranteed to be a key factor. Mindfulness is what helps you get to know yourself better, helps you stay present (or get present in the first place), and this is yet another wonderful way to reduce anxiety, stress, worry, and all of the other ways we get our nervous systems out of whack. Mindfulness can help tame monkey mind, improve memory (YES!), help us become more thoughtful and compassionate to ourselves and others, which all help us self-regulate (calm down, find our center, get grounded, and so on). You can think of it more like observation and acceptance (aka compassion) of what is instead of trying to fix it to death (aka overthinking/rumination).