I have worked in the mental health field since 1986, and have been in private practice in Bellingham since 1991. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and I earned my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, CHADD, and the Learning Disability Associations of America and Washington State. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults in individual psychotherapy using a solution-focused, goal-oriented approach. My specialty is cognitive behavioral therapy with an emphasis on gaining insight into and making changes in thoughts and actions that impact mood. My aim is to assist my clients in development and utilization of their own individual personal resources in their treatment and especially in daily life. I also believe in collaborative care, and I will happily communicate with your physician and with others involved in your treatment at your request. A second central part of my clinical practice involves providing evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, disability documentation for accommodations in school and work settings, disability determination, Asperger's syndrome assessments. My goal is to provide you and those working with you with clear and helpful answers to your evaluation questions.