I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 1993. I returned to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison when I was in my mid-thirties, after partnering with my husband on a commercial organic produce farm and bakery in southwestern Wisconsin throughout the 1980’s. Our son, Sam, had the privilege of spending his early childhood years among the bluebirds, snapping turtles, beavers, mink, deer, red-tailed hawks, orioles, spring peepers, and countless other creatures that graced our 160 acre valley.
After completing graduate school and receiving my masters degree in Social Work, I moved with my husband and son to north central Washington State to be closer to our extended family.
My professional experience as a clinical social worker includes the following:
Child and Family Therapist – Childrens Home Society, Wenatchee, WA 1993 – 1996
Medical Social Worker – Central Washington Hospital, Wenatchee, WA 1996 – 2005
Private Therapist 1997 – Present
I trained in clinical hypnosis at the Wellness Institute in Issaquah, Washington. In 2005, I received my formal certification in clinical hypnosis.
My experience working with people includes the following:
Age range: age 5 – age 95
Life Challenges I’ve helped people face: anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, divorce, compulsive eating, tobacco use, physical disabilities/chronic pain, grief and loss, terminal illness, adoption, blended families, learning problems, fetal alcohol syndrome, dementia, and more.
Personal Strengths I’ve witnessed in people I’ve helped: kindness, humor, compassion, artistry, spontaneity, generosity, creativity, patience, persistence, courage, love, faith, gratefulness, and more.
I am licensed by the state of Washington as a Clinical Social Worker (license #00004612) and I am registered with state as a Hypnotherapist ( registration #10001464)
I am currently studying the work of psychologist Peter Strong, PhD of Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Strong is a psychotherapist, philosopher, and scientist. His specialty is the study of mindfulness and its applications in Mindfulness Meditation Therapy. He is author of the book The Path of Mindfulness Meditation.
I chose my work because it has allowed me to see the truth of human existence – that no one lives without hardship and scars – both physical and emotional. However, I have found people’s strengths far outweigh their challenges, if only they can access those strengths on a regular basis. In my work with others, I have discovered that self-hypnosis combined with mindfulness training can give anyone the ability to free themselves from cycles of negative emotions and create a place of healing and transformation that starts within.
May your present moment be filled with peace, awareness, and opportunity.
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