• About Me

    I am licensed in Washington State as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), and have extensive experience and training in marriage and family psychotherapy.

    I have provided mediation services since 1985, and am a Designated Mediator in San Juan County, Washington State. I have also offered hospice care giving and elder care as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

    I offer a range of mediation, psychotherapy, and counseling work through my private practice, Steppingstone Counseling.

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  • Overview
    Degree: MSW
    Currently Accepting Clients: Yes
    Specialties:
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
    • Trauma
    Approaches to Therapy:
    • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
    • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
    • EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
    • Family Systems
    • Mindfulness-Based
    Services Offered:
    • Couples Therapy
    • Family Therapy
    • Individual Therapy
    Ages Accepted:
    • Infants
    • Toddlers
    • Children
    • Adolescents
    • Young adults
    • Adults
    • Seniors
    Languages: English
    Clinic Setting: Individual Private Practice
    Teletherapy Available: No
  • License & Certification
    Licensed by State: Yes
    Category: Therapists
    State Licensing Board: WA
    License #: LW00006118
    License Type: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - LCSW
  • Experience
    Extended Biography :

    ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:
    - Director of Social Services, Life Care Center of San Juan Islands (2014 - 2017)
    - Designated Mental Health Professional in San Juan County, Compass Health (2014 - 2018)
    - Certified Nursing Assistant, Life Care Center of San Juan Islands (2011 - 2014)
    - Counselor, Mediator, and Social Worker, Steppingstone Counseling Private Practice, Healing Arts Center (1993 - Present)

    Role In Relation to Clients/Patients:

    The intention I have is to explore with you your desire to have a more healthy balance in the emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical aspects of your life. A central question that I keep in mind is: "how can I be helpful?" I encourage my clients to make overall goals for our counseling relationship as well as for each appointment. Your happiness and freedom is my goal. My hope is to create together an atmosphere of safety, respect and trust. My focus is to encourage my clients' exploration of their own personal power, wisdom and resources for understanding, healing and happiness.
    I chose Steppingstone Counseling as the name of my work because I especially like the feelings and thoughts that the metaphor evokes. Getting through difficult "currents" in our lives is largely about "keeping our balance" as we take one step at a time to "get to the other side".
    Being present with suffering is central to trauma recovery. I am honored to sit with those who have survived deep trauma, together finding the balance of therapeutic and healing approaches that best match their needs. Since 1985 I have studied with traditional Northwest Coast Medicine People and have received training in Shamanic healing and journeying.

    Gender: Man
    Race & Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • My Office
    ADA Accessible: Yes
    Near Public Transportation?: No
  • Payment
    Currently Accepting Health Insurance?: Not Accepted
    Low Cost Options: Sliding Scale