My Therapy Practice

I have been a therapist for over 20 years happily serving Tacoma and surrounding areas. My background is in Buddhist Psychology, which is inherently client centered. We start with the goals you bring and focus on both the how and the what—not just talking about issues but actually changing patterns. My work is all about facilitating people into the easy day-to-day integration of body-centered mindfulness, which is the key to living an empowered life. I love the ‘rubber meets the road’ teaching of consciousness concepts and translating cutting-edge tools into layman’s terms.  I am most interested in the day-to-day integration of user-friendly practices.  When working with me, we focus on your current concerns while simultaneously increasing your body and emotional intelligence.

Issues include: anxiety, depression, workplace issues, interpersonal issues, parenting, attachment issues, trauma (current and history), couples conflicts, behavioral concerns. Most people who come to counseling are seeking help with a pattern of concerns. People don’t typically come in because of one fight with their spouse or one anxiety attack.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anais Nin

By the time people seek support they realize that they keep repetitively recreating the same situation. Try as they might to change, they keep getting the same results. We will address the content (issue) and the context (how the issue is recreated) to create lasting change in your life.

Diesel at work

Diesel at work


Diesel works with me in the office to assist people in feeling relaxed as we explore together. We passed the Delta Society Therapy Animal Team exam when Diesel was 2 years old.

Diesel at the beach with friends

“Acknowledging fear is not a cause for depression or discouragement. Because we possess such fear, we also are potentially entitled to experience fearlessness. True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear, it is going beyond fear” “

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


My office is located in Old Town:
2111 North 30th
St. Tacoma WA 98403

Education and Training in a Nutshell

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Washington. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development from New College of Florida in 1988 and my Master’s degree in Psychology from The Naropa Institute (Naropa University), located in Boulder, Colorado in 1991. Additionally, I am a Child Mental Health Specialist as defined by the State of Washington.

Accepted insurance plans include but are not limited to:

  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Premera
  • First Choice Health

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver