Summit offers a variety of providers and services to meet all types of needs and concerns.
Our group includes psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed mental health counselors, licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, behavior therapists, psychologists, Masters level interns, and educators. Summit also has providers who are bilingual in Spanish.
We have providers with varied specialties in many areas, including child, adolescent, adult, elder and relationship therapy. Our agency provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services as well as consultation to and with schools, businesses, physicians, and other agencies.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Child Mental Health Specialist certification and the ability to perform clinical supervision for candidates seeking licensure. I have an extensive, broad range of experience working in the mental health and education fields. I hold a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a Major in History and a Minor in English. I am a highly proficient therapist with a strong history of providing efficacious therapeutic services, consultation, care coordination and case management for clients from infancy to geriatric, with mild disturbance in functioning to chronic severe persistent mental illness. I have over 25 years of experience working with children, adults, families and both private and community organizations, in both support and supervisory roles. I am proficient with clinical assessment, evidence based therapies and can provide professional training in multiple specialty areas.
I received my MA from Antioch University in Seattle in 2005 and spent the next 13 years working in community mental health for the Child and Family division at Kitsap Mental Health Services. The first year, including my internship, was at the Youth Inpatient Unit, then almost a decade on the outreach team working with kids and families in their homes, at school, Juvenile Detention, in the community, working with several challenging situations. I then moved into a Lead position and ran a middle school behavior program that I enjoyed a lot. For the last two years I’ve worked in a private practice setting mostly with adults including a great deal of veterans.
Before being a therapist I was a janitor, an infantryman in the Army, did phone and VM system installations, and worked as a corporate buyer and purchasing agent in a warehouse for a large plumbing wholesaler. I was divorced when my two kids were young and spent 15 years as a single dad. As a therapist I mainly use CBT and psycho-education, although I draw from many different therapeutic perspectives. I really enjoy teaching behavior techniques to caregivers, and I favor giving short and simple homework assignments while focusing mainly on the relationship with the client.
I graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and earned a Master of Arts from Brandman University in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have held a Chemical Dependency Professional certification for over 14 years and have worked with youth, families, and adults in a professional capacity for over 20 years.
I practice mainly from a Solution-Focused Therapy model, incorporating Choice Theory, the Stages of Change, Bibliotherapy techniques, Narrative Therapy techniques and family system work. I value the benefit of system coordination and group involvement to supplement the therapeutic process in order to assist in the client’s growth and achievement of treatment goals. I believe in the recovery process and that every person has the capacity for change, and I am committed to helping people reach their goals. I work with individual clients of all ages, couples, coparenting/custodial issues, and families for both chemical dependency and/or mental health concerns.
I graduated from Gonzaga University and have several years of experience serving patients in hospital, private practice and community health settings. I am proficient in working with children, adolescents, and adults with both neurological and mental disorders, including trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and psychosis.
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