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about therapy with mags

When I say that you get to be in charge of your life, I believe this to be the truth. I acknowledge that a lot happens to us, some of it "good" and some of it "bad." Where we, as humans, have more power than we sometimes are able to recognize (or want to admit) is we get to choose how to respond to whatever happens to us. Maybe you've been debating changing jobs or switching professional fields. Maybe you've been wanting to change the dynamics of some of your relationships because you find yourself resentful or feel like people walk all over you. Maybe you've been finding yourself unable to get out of bed. You are in charge of how to react; you actually get to choose this. 

Regardless of what change you want to make, I can help you make different decisions than you've made in the past. Sometimes, it's easier to make those changes if you understand the origin of why you've always made the decisions you have. Sometimes, it's easier to make changes if you realize they're based on beliefs that are not true. Or, sometimes, it's easier to make changes if you have a clear plan and understanding of what else might need to come next. I will help create a space in which you can feel comfortable exploring your options and talking about any fears that arise. 

In working with me, you will develop skills to address the unexpected and to deal with the ambiguous uncertainty of the future. You will be held accountable, and I will call you out when you're sabotaging yourself or avoiding making progress.

 

You might be wondering who I am that I think I can help you. Here's what you may want to know.

I'm an analytical thinker with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Before starting my training as a therapist, I worked as a litigator in San Francisco. In addition to the law degree, I have a Master of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, from Middlebury College. And, I've completed my yoga teacher certification. With this background, I know change is possible. Sure there may be some consequences (hellooooo, student loans!), but I know first-hand I could have stuck with the status quo where I was miserable or I could create a new path. Now, I'm fortunate to have a small private practice while I spend my days working with students (and sometimes faculty and/or staff) at the University of Washington. I also drink *a lot* of coffee.

Under Washington law, I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License number LH60525845). My training has included working with teenagers, college and graduate school students, and adults experiencing sadness, loneliness, anxiety, career changes, “quarter-life crises,” relationship issues, and struggling with the aftermath of trauma. I’ve worked with individuals in crises, individuals with suicidal ideation and/or who have attempted suicide, and chronically mentally ill individuals in community mental health settings and at the Crisis Clinic. I am committed to working with individuals of all races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

I believe in both the science and art of counseling. In other words, I rely on evidence-based techniques while accepting we–therapist and client–are engaged in a creative endeavor.