Who I am
I came to Whidbey Island almost 40 years ago when my husband was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor. The geography, landscapes, and seascapes of this northwest island have informed my being in deep, embodied ways and continue to influence my work as a therapist. I consider this my home, in addition to Virginia, where I was born and raised. I retain many of my southern roots and sensibility and will forever be homesick for one place or another. Such is the poignancy of loving a place so much that the land gets into the bones.
Poetry is my first love; my earliest sense of who I was in the world was Poet. Then I began to experience myself as a Writer. I had children and felt what it means to be Mother in my muscles, cells, and bones. Then I became a middle and high school Teacher. Much later along the way, I stumbled upon art journaling, and so I consider myself as a sort of Artist.
All of these identities have come together to inform my work and being as Psychotherapist.
I am a licensed mental health counselor, and I have a doctoral degree in Depth Psychology. My therapeutic experience for the last 15 years includes Compass Community Mental Health Clinic and therapeutic, social, and educational services for Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS) on Capitol Hill, Seattle. I served as an Island County School-Based Mental Health Counselor for 5 years, providing mental health services within the schools and crisis and grief support in the community. I am a trained Voice Dialogue Facilitator and a trainer for Transform Your Boundaries. I am a certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I have completed the intensive Level 1 training in Internal Family Systems, a powerful modality to heal individuals, families, and communities. I present at international conferences and continue to engage in clinical professional training.
I am proud to announce the publication of one of my essays in this important and timely new edited book from Vernon Press, Poetic Inquiry as Social Justice and Political Response, editors Sandra Faulkner and Abigail Cloud.