Professional Qualifications

I have worked in the field of mental health since 2001. During this time, I have worked in community mental health, academic counseling, and private practice environments. Additionally, I have extensive experience leading clinical trainings and supervision.

I earned a PhD from Oregon State University where I specialized in Counselor Education and Supervision. Beyond my formal education, I have accumulated numerous hours of continuing education credits via seminars, distance courses, and individual classes pertaining to issues related to specific diagnoses, clinical interventions, and professional issues.  More specific to clinical supervision, I completed several graduate courses dedicated to the effective provision of clinical supervision through during my time at Oregon State University.  I also attend professional development courses dedicated to this topic on a regular basis. Collectively, my education and training has prepared me to supervise student interns, pre-licensure clinicians, and post-licensure clinicians. I am also skilled at providing supervision-of-supervision for clinical supervisors. For several years, I have taught graduate-level courses in supervision.

I am licensed in Washington State as a Mental Health Counselor and have met all the state’s requirements to serve as an Approved Clinical Supervisor as per WAC 246-809-234.  I am also credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Distance Credentialed Counselor. I am a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Division 17 Supervision and Training, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Global Clinical Practice Network, Psi Chi, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Scope of Practice/Areas of Competence

While my professional experience includes experience in clinical management in a variety of settings, I am particularly passionate about serving individual adults enduring periods of transition or combating anxiety and stress-related issues. I also enjoy working with pre-marital couples.

I am qualified to provide clinical supervision in the area of mental health with supervisee clinicians who use most common therapeutic modalities and treatment methods. Some areas of practice are outside of my scope of competence and I will not provide supervision in such cases (i.e. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, hypnosis, and related techniques).

Supervision Approach

I have provided clinical supervision to a variety of professionals, including emerging counselors, psychologists, and social workers. This supervision was provided in the context of community mental health, academic, and private practice environments.

The purpose of clinical supervision is foremost to ensure quality care to the client.  The process also allows the supervisee the opportunity to refine clinical skills, receive professional support, ensure ethical behaviors, and increase competence.

I believe supervision to be a dynamic process that is influenced by both the supervisor and the supervisee.  As your clinical supervisor, I will most typically utilize the Discrimination Model as developed by Janine Bernard (1997).  This model is considered to be ‘developmental’ in nature and recognizes that both the supervisor and supervisee, as well as the relationship between the two, are likely to alter over time.  Developmental models of supervision, by definition, call for flexibility in thinking within the supervisory relationship.

Please contact me to inquire about supervision or counseling availability.