I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who currently works with older teens and adults facing behavioral health challenges. I provide counseling support to help you raise awareness and improve your daily life within the context of interpersonal relationships, culture and life circumstances. My lifelong passion has been to provide emotional services to those in need. I was fortunate to be able to develop this into a professional career which has spanned over 35 years and three states: California, Washington and Idaho.
I was first licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1993 by the State of California after completing a Master of Arts Degree at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. My family and I relocated to North Idaho where I became employed for 17 years at Frontier Behavioral Health in Spokane, WA. Later, I worked for the State of Idaho and Big Lake Psychological Services in Coeur d'Alene, ID. I have worked with people of all ages and walks of life. Currently, I am blessed to be a member of the Restart Counseling Team. My practice framework is based in family systems theory, family of origin and mindful cognitive-behavioral techniques.
I enjoy music, hiking, yard work, lectures, reading literature, and watching classic films. I have engaged in volunteer services since my youth and have worked in veterans' hospitals, churches and schools, both public and private. My husband and I share a heart for displaced and abused animals and have provided temporary and permanent homes for many in distress over the years. As a young adult, I followed the family tradition of enlisting in military service where my parents, siblings and numerous extended family members preceded me. I spent four years in the United States Air Force as an Air Operations Specialist and was stationed in Ohio, Hawaii and California.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning