we all carry countless untold stories within us.
The past drives the present and the weight of those stories can sometimes strain our relationships and our bodies, hinder growth and obscure our most authentic and divine selves.
There is power in our voices, and we deserve spaces where we can learn to feel safe expressing our pain, our hopes and our truth. I consider it my life's work to help create sacred spaces for those seeking ways to let go of the weight of their trauma and/or simply learn how to live life well and more authentically. Trust fostered in therapeutic relationships can open doors for increased self-awareness and self-love, inviting you to create healthier beliefs about yourself, your relationships, your life, your choices and your potential.
First and foremost, I am here to listen. I offer guidance through the wealth of expertise I've gained professionally and through my own personal trauma, but, as you are the final expert on yourself, I invite you to define the path of your therapy. I trust the unique healing process of each individual and I look forward to learning about yours!
I have a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Boston University and am licensed in the State of Washington as a Licensed Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical (LSWAIC) while I pursue my Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) credentials. In addition to my private practice, I am an MTSS coach for Sound Supports, a trauma informed practices consultant for schools and other organizations and a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. Previously, I worked as an elementary school counselor and Family Advocate.
I work with female adolescents and adults and their families only. I work with children (ages 6-10) and their parents on a case by case basis. My primary areas of focus include, but are not limited to, trauma, parent coaching, social and emotional skill building, adoption, depression, life-coaching, depression, anxiety, interpersonal skills and relationships, parent coaching, divorce, life transitions, adolescent concerns and blended families. I utilize various therapeutic modalities when working with clients including, but not limited to, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). I also offer online therapy sessions, including EMDR, if you are a resident of the State of Washington.
what it’s like to work with me
“Working with Cher to heal from my childhood trauma has been one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I was definitely afraid when we started, even though I wanted to heal and I knew EMDR was a good choice for me. I thought I’d be the one person it wouldn’t work for, or that I’d do it wrong, have a lot of side effects, etc.
Cher’s support and the compassionate and non-judgmental way that she holds space and guides me through my sessions has allowed me to surrender to the process and let the healing happen. Obviously EMDR as a modality is incredibly effective but I think there’s something really special about Cher’s approach and the energy she brings to our work that enabled me to approach the work with more honesty and courage and therefore go deeper into my trauma and pain. It hasn’t been easy but it also hasn’t been nearly as hard as I thought it would be!
And I’ve experienced pretty mind-blowing results in terms of how I feel about myself, how I respond to stress and triggers, and how I move through the world. I don’t want to say I feel like I new person because I don’t—I feel like myself, but calmer, more flexible, more self-loving, and less anxious, depressed, and easily overwhelmed. I know myself better and need less reassurance from others of my worth or goodness. I trust myself more to do what needs to be done and to be gentle with myself. I make better choices. I feel so much more empowered to take care of myself and to show up in the world as myself.
And as a side note, working with Cher has been a wonderful practice of being vulnerable and receiving support, both of which have always been a challenge for me (especially receiving support when I feel most vulnerable!).” ~ EMDR Client, 2018 - current
Conveniently located in: Shoreline, Washington 98133
Phone: (401) 426-2437
Note: If you are in crisis, please call 911 immediately.
Sessions can be booked online. If my schedule is full, or you'd like to discuss scheduling an appointment outside of my regular hours, please contact me directly via email or phone.
I offer a free 30-minute initial session to discuss therapist fit, goals and potential treatment.
Subsequent sessions, whether online or in person, are charged as follows:
$120 for 50-minute session; $175 for 80-minute session
I accept clients on a sliding pay scale. Please contact me directly to discuss sliding scale rates.
Cash, check or Stripe (for credit cards) accepted at time of service. Balances not paid at time of service will be invoiced within one week after service.
I do not accept insurance. I can provide receipts for service which you can submit for out-of-network or FSA/HSA reimbursement.
Please respect my time and give 24-hour notice for rescheduling or canceling of appointments. If less than 24-hour notice is given the full session will be charged; the exception being a true emergency. Repeated abuse of this policy might result termination of therapy.