Hi, I am Dorothy, I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in helping transform the lives of individuals, children and families. I have always had a heart for helping others.
For too long, the idea of mental wellness was viewed as a luxury only allotted to the few. Someone was considered “strong” if they endured a traumatic or life-changing event, regardless of functionality. We are now beginning to understand that those events can change the way we relate to everything. You may continue to engage in your day-to-day expectations such as taking care of children, going to work, and going to school but you may not be sleeping well, may no longer enjoy things that brought you peace or happiness and you may no longer want to be around friends and family. After a while, the way you think and feel becomes your everyday life and you no longer remember how it was before; how you were before.
Whether you are suffering with anxiety, depression, trauma, career transitions or grief and loss. Sometimes we need someone to sit with us and walk with us during this difficult time.
My approach to therapy encompasses the whole person. We do not live our lives in a vacuum, we are relational, biological, emotional, and spiritual beings. You have a rich history that in no small part has impacted your life and relationships. The hurt and challenges are but one part of your story, I don’t doubt that there have been exceptional moments as well. I’m interested in hearing your whole story.
It will be a privilege to partner with you and walk with you through the different doors of healing. I will work as hard as you work to feel differently and function better.
I have training in Congruence Couple Therapy and certification in Problem Gaming and Gambling. Couples’ problems and addiction can go hand in hand. What is not as clear is which comes first. Congruence Couple Counseling goes underneath the symptoms to look at the root system that gives rise to the addiction, with intrapsychic, interpersonal, intergenerational and spiritual entanglements.
Lastly, I am certified in Triple P parenting assessments and intervention, Family Preservation Services (FPS), and Crisis Family Interventions (CFI). I assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning and advocating with schools and social workers in order to preserve families.
Education~University of Washington
Master’s Degree~Clinical Social Work
Doctoral Studies~Antioch University/Clinical Psychology