Hello and welcome! My name is Amber and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I strive to treat my clients as I would like to be treated in therapy. Your voice and your empowerment as a person are extremely important to me, and I see you as the expert on yourself. I see my role as one who comes alongside to journey with you: to listen, to notice your strengths, and to help you leverage them to face your challenges. It would be an honor to work with you to create the future your heart longs for, a future in which you are thriving, free to fully employ your talents and live out your purpose in this world.
I received my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2013. My passion has always been working with people, and my professional background has included working and volunteering for non-profit organizations such as Joni and Friends, Sound Mental Health, the YMCA, the Aurora Commons, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. I have extensive experience counseling people with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their family members. I also carry a unique perspective as someone who grew up in a multi-ethnic family with my identity split between two worlds.
I have been trained in psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy, meaning that I see the health of your relationships as crucial to your well-being, and I seek to understand the concerns you are bringing within the context of your larger story, which is always impacted and shaped by your primary relationships. I may bring in other therapeutic modalities and tools to our sessions when appropriate, such as mindfulness and meditation, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Together, we will develop a holistic plan that will help you reach your goals while addressing the WHOLE you. No matter who you are or what you bring, I will seek to develop a healing relationship with you that will feel safe and free of judgment.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Areas of expertise:
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Caregiver Issues or Stress
Chronic Pain or Illness
College Aged Student Concerns
Family of Origin Issues
Highly Sensitive Persons
Trauma and PTSD
Please note: this is a safe place to talk about suicide ideation. I hold the belief that suicide ideation is a coping skill (albeit not an ideal one) that has helped you survive thus far. My goal is for you to feel safe and respected when sharing about this vulnerable topic.
* Please note, at this time I only see clients remotely (via phone or video chat).