Amy practices in Federal Way
To make an appointment call 253-230-6708
I approach psychotherapy from a narrative perspective with a Christian Biblical worldview. I believe we are all on our own journeys which lead us to specific experiences. These experiences shape our view of the world and our attempts to make sense of it, whether we label those experiences as good or bad. They can influence how we interact with those around us and can affect the emotions we experience in any given moment. However, our experiences do not have to define who we are or how we behave. We do not have to remain stuck in the repeated cycles or stories of the past that left us feeling unsafe, lonely, confused, hurt or unclear about who we are and the way we want to engage or interact with those around us. Through the process of therapy my hope is that we can co-author and embrace the preferred stories that you have for your life. Many of us are attempting to go down uncharted paths for the first time or are breaking the cycles that have been damaging to us. I want to applaud your courage and join you on your path to change.
We will utilize the strengths and support that you already have and will build upon both. I attend to the spiritual dimension of therapeutic issues and the power of prayer without imposing my views. I am aware of the power differential that exists within the therapeutic relationship and want you to know that I value your feedback and personal choices concerning your spirituality or other values. My treatment aims at assisting clients in achieving increased growth, emotional maturity, and feeling empowered in their own lives.
Education and Clinical Experience
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state and have a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. My undergraduate training is in Psychology and Sociology from Montana State University-Billings, Montana.
I have experience working in community mental health agencies and in schools. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families utilizing talk therapy with adults and play therapy and movement with children and adolescents.
My clinical interests include trauma/abuse recovery, neglect, depression, anxiety, parenting, suicide, at risk behaviors, social skills, and behavior disorders.
Personal Experiences and Interests
I am passionate about my personal relationship with my savior Jesus Christ and feel it is important for you to know that it is what drives my life and the work that I do. I enjoy sports, music, water, sunshine, dancing, animals, nature, new experiences, and the variety and spice of life. I love spending time with my family, especially my husband and 16 nieces and nephews, and friends. I replenish by spending time alone and enjoy the blessing that time is for me.