Whether you’re familiar with anxiety, depression, trauma, or other concerns, I offer empathy, acceptance, and compassion on your path to overcoming the trials you face. We’ll work together to learn useful tools and establish healthy habits and routines that can help you move forward in the life you want to live as you reach your full potential.
I understand the courage it takes to step out of your abyss and silently cry for help.
It would be my honor to assist you in reaching breakthroughs in your journey by discovering new ways to experience healing and wholeness.
My Goal as a Christian Therapist
My ultimate goal as your Christian therapist is for you to achieve your highest potential. In working with me, I hope you can better understand yourself and experience true and lasting healing for any pain and hurt in your life. I’ll strive to help you get out of the rut where you think, “No more, I can’t do this, I’m throwing in the towel.” I will lift you up and help you see that you are divinely made in His image.
What I Offer in Christian Therapy
I offer empathy and compassion for whatever situation you may be facing. I provide a safe, pleasant atmosphere for you to enjoy. Once I get to know you, I take your preferences into consideration as I prepare the therapy room for your sessions. If you are comfortable discussing issues of personal faith, I will gladly engage with you from that perspective, but I will not push my views upon you. When you get to know me, you’ll find that I am just as human as you. As I get to know you, I may assign appropriate homework assignments that will help you grow and accomplish your goals between sessions.
My Approach to Christian Therapy
I wholeheartedly believe in Philippians 4:13, which says that you and I can do all things through Him who strengthens us. With a Christian approach to therapy, I believe a lot more healing can be accomplished than would take place with my own interventions alone. No matter how skilled a therapist I am, He will always be the best healer. I will always pray on my own prior to your session to ensure the Holy Spirit will guide me in utilizing the proper interventions you need. Even if we have faith the size of a mustard seed, He will help us remove the mountain in front of us. If you allow me to, I will pray with you in the beginning of your session.
Qualifications & Experience
I have been counseling for more than 11 years, working with adults and children in private practice, community mental health centers, and correctional settings. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, my Master of Science in Psychology and my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology General Practice from Carlos Albizu University, an APA accredited university in Miami, Florida. I am also a member of the National Board of Counselors (NCC). I have both clinical and assessment training with patients presenting a broad range of mental disorders, addictions, and medical conditions.
My Call to Christian Counseling
After I found my own healing from trauma by pairing the Word of God with clinical interventions in therapy, I wanted to be able to take this blessing to others. I then embarked on the long and arduous journey to obtain my degree in psychology so that I could bring to others the same healing that I so richly received.
More About Me/On a Personal Note
My husband and I moved from Florida to the Pacific Northwest. While we loved the “Florida lifestyle” including boating, swimming, and walking, we traded all that for hiking, camping, and being involved at our new home church. Our 3 ½ pound toy chihuahua, Tinkerbell, also enjoys the outdoors and loves hiking. I was born in Cuba to deaf-mute parents, and grew up in Miami. I am fluent in Sign Language, English, and Spanish, and I enjoy listening to Christian music and Spanish music.
Areas of Expertise/Specialties
- Individual counseling
- Women’s issues
- Psychological testing
- Weight issues
- Abandonment and neglect
- Anger management
- Relationship issues
- Sexual abuse issues
- Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up” (Proverbs 12:25). Anxiety and depression commonly go hand in hand. Anxiety can also include panic attacks. Does your anxiety get so severe you feel like you want to jump out of your skin and run away from yourself? Sometimes we forget that God does not want us to worry about things. We forget that He’s always there and we take on burdens we are not meant to carry. With His help, I will assist you with proven calming strategies such as proper breathing techniques to help you manage your symptoms.
Counseling for depression can help you understand your symptoms and develop coping skills more effectively. By participating in talk therapy and meditating on the Word, you can learn to process your sorrow and hurt and get through this season of your life. You don’t have to struggle alone; help and hope are available to you.
As a trauma survivor myself, it would be an honor and a blessing to help you navigate the sea of confusion and pain involved with PTSD. Together we will find hope in the Lord and implement tools and habits in your life to promote healing and recovery. As the book of James encourages us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4 NIV). My hope is that counseling will help you to develop perseverance with God’s help so that you will not be lacking in anything.
Trying to recover from having been sexually abused as a child or adult is arduous and ravaging. The decision to heal from sexual abuse is a very powerful and life-changing choice. Even if you have experienced some healing in this journey, the trauma can be so comprehensive that you find yourself needing to dig deeper. As your pain releases itself in the healing process, it can rip apart the structures and foundations you have built in order to survive. I have vast experience in this area and it’s an issue close to my heart. I will listen to your thoughts, desires, and actions without judgment and teach you how to heal and allow God’s glory to shine through your experience. Remember Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you . . . I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
As a professional and a woman, I understand women’s issues very well. We deal with many roles—daughter, wife, mother, sister, leader, caregiver, etc. Some of the challenges facing women in our culture today include issues pertaining to marriage difficulties, domestic violence, sexism, and gender equality. Whatever you may be dealing with as a woman, it would be my privilege to walk alongside you to reach your goals and full potential. As the Scriptures remind us, “. . . there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ” (Galatians 3:28, NIV).
Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Silverdale – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Online Counseling
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for individuals looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment, the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at 206-347-0532 or [email protected].
Insurance: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), most insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services (as an Out of Network Provider). Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover adolescents, individuals and couples.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a printed or digital receipt, I will provide receipts for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A fee of up to 3.7% plus $0.15 per transaction will be added for credit card payments.