Hello. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I attained a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Walla Walla University in 2010. I have 15 years experience in mental and behavioral health working with people of all ages in both addictions and mental health. For the past 6 ½ years, I worked at the VA helping Veterans address symptoms associated with PTSD, Insomnia and nightmares, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, chronic pain, addictions, psychosis, and other mental health disorders.
I am a transpersonal therapist which means I take a holistic, therapeutic approach that incorporates spiritual wisdom and traditions with modern psychotherapies to promote healing and growth. I use a variety of evidenced-based and best practices such as: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT and CBT-CP (VA certification in chronic pain management using CBT)), and Motivational Interviewing techniques along with cultivating greater spiritual awareness to enhance interpersonal relationships, self-esteem, and increase meaning and purpose in ones’ life. Overall, value is placed on self-awareness and open-mindedness for both the therapist and client in an honest, mindful, and non-judgmental space. Let’s take a healing journey together starting right where you are at to reach your goals and achieve more meaning in your life. I look forward to meeting you!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing
OR LCSW L6129
WA LICSW LW61441333
Excellent at listening and understanding. She helps me with strategies to manage all my concerns.
Written on Jan 12, 2024 after therapy with Angel for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues
Angel always listens, analyzes and responds very appropriately, paying close attention to details you may have overlooked that are leading to strains on your mental health. She has a very kind way of breaking down and explaining behaviors that matches your level, so it is never condescending or overly simplistic. Her observations may not always be easy to hear at first, but they are always very helpful in helping you make the necessary changes. I highly recommend Angel as a therapist.
Written on Dec 13, 2023 after therapy with Angel for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Angel is deeply empathetic and her contributions to the conversation are thought provoking. She has given me excellent tools and shown me how much choice I actually exercise in my outlook.
Written on Nov 15, 2023 after therapy with Angel for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coaching
From our very first session I knew it was going to be different from anyone else that I had seen before. I’ve had great therapists, but something just clicked with Angel. I think what makes a great therapist is someone who is open to meet the client where they are at. Understanding that everyone is an individual and the approach will have to look different for everyone. It’s the first time I’ve been open to exploring things I’ve always noticed about myself and Angel creates the environment for that. I’ve never been excited for sessions, I usually dread them, but with Angel I just want to keep talking and learning.
Written on Aug 16, 2023 after therapy with Angel for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes
I clicked with Angel right away. She is compassionate and kind in her approach, and she's not afraid to tell the hard truth for the betterment of growth. Glad we were paired!
Written on Jul 26, 2023 after therapy with Angel for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching
Angel has been incredibly supportive and helpful to me. I look forward to continuing to work with her and am very grateful to have been matched with her. Thank you!
Written on Jun 15, 2023 after therapy with Angel for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd