I earned my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 2011, one of the top 3 programs in the nation at the time. Grad school grounded me in evidence-based behavioral psychotherapies: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and most notably Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) under the mentorship of Bob Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai.
My love for teaching lead to my first job after graduate school at The Evidence-Based Practice Institute/PracticeGround. At EBPI I trained alongside excellent colleagues, made some online trainings, and helped secure funding and early development of an online platform (Willow) to help therapists deliver therapy more effectively. EBPI also offered my first experience on a cross-functional team, in this case psychologists, designers, and developers. During those years I launched my consulting and therapy practice.
In 2015, I won a contract to write a book about my therapy learnings to date: Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple. Writing a book is demanding (and fun). So I resigned from EBPI, grew my private practice, and focused on writing 20 hours a week. The book came out in early 2017. I continue to offer several trainings per year, online and in person, for therapists and coaches.
As my private practice grew, I found myself focusing more and more on helping executives, entrepreneurs, and creatives cope with relationship, life purpose, and organizational issues, so I read a lot about leadership and organizational development. In 2017 I started offering leadership and team coaching services to a handful of organizations in Seattle and beyond. In 2018, I pursued certification as a Systemic Team Coach.
Because of this background, my work tends to integrate across psychological, behavioral, relationship, group, and organizational levels of change.
Physical practice is important too. I am an avid practitioner of kettlebells and guitar.