Archive for August, 2016


August 19th, 2016

Recovery is hard work. And working in the addiction and trauma recovery field is also hard work. Day in and day out it may not feel like it, but it is like a slow erosion as compassion fatigue can set in–sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. But it’s part of the environment and part of the by-product of being a caring soul.

This presents the greatest challenge and opportunity for those of us in this precarious position. I know that vacations are actually part of my work. They allow me to do what I do the rest of the year with more focus, attention and aliveness. After spending a week in the San Juan Islands, it reminded me how crucial the down time truly is for me. A time unlike any other. A time of camaraderie with friends, tranquility with nature, and a full eight hours of sleep every night!

I return once again with a recharged battery and the desire to be the best healer I can possibly be. Impeccable self-care is something I encourage my clients to do and it will only be authentic if I am walking the walk which I try to do more and more.

new associates

August 6th, 2016

I am very pleased to announce the addition of two new associates (marriage and family therapy interns), Victoria Anderson, M.A. and Adam Berg, M.A. It has been a pleasure getting to know each of them these last few months, and they will officially begin seeing clients in the next few weeks. Each of them brings a depth of personal and professional experience to the table as well as an eagerness to learn, grow and deepen in the work. They also have a specialty area in addictions and trauma and have worked with complicated, dual-diagnosis clients in past clinical experiences. For more information about their backgrounds, visit