I received my Master of Counseling from Seattle University in 1996 and I am a licensed mental health counselor in Washington state. I completed a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Bachelor of Art in Communications at the University of Washington. I have worked at SPSCC for 20 years (since 2001!) and consider the College not only my work place but an important part of my community here in Olympia.
I am passionate and dedicated to providing personalized mental health support to students and also teaching success focused workshops and classes. I am an On Course Ambassador and use the On Course eight success principles as a foundation to create a satisfying meaningful life for myself and to help students and my colleagues do the same.
Before coming to SPSCC, I worked as a counselor at Grays Harbor College, as a Career Specialist at Shoreline Community College, and as a reproductive rights advocate and sexual health counselor/educator in Seattle.
I am particularly interested in the intersection of mindfulness, neurobiology and psychology and I've completed specialized training in somatic experiencing and interpersonal neurobiology. I bring experience, knowledge and deep compassion to my work with students. I work with students on a wide range of issues and like to incorporate the power of mindfulness into my work with students and my work on campus. I do yearly mindfulness retreats and have a daily meditation practice at home. I get great personal satisfaction from helping students discover their own emotional and cognitive resiliencey and their innate capacity to create their own best lives here at school and beyond.
I love to travel and be outdoors as much as possible. I regularly hike, back-pack, kayak, and bike. Being outdoors and connecting with nature through our precious wild lands is healing and energizing for me. I encourage everyone I work with to stay connected to the outdoors and the natural environment.
For more information about Counseling Services, and the other members of my team, check out our webpage: https://spscc.edu/students/counseling.