Jane has worked in the mental health field since 1977. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Seattle University in 1984, and certification in management training from the UW School of Social Work in 1993. Her academic background is in existential psychology, an approach that emphasizes choice, freedom, responsibility and meaning in life. In working in the community mental health system for ten years and in the medical system for another ten years (specializing in AIDS care and geriatric services), Jane has dealt with a wide range of topics. These include grief and loss, mood disorders, life transitions, substance abuse, cross-cultural stresses, and career development. Jane has a particular focus on anxiety and is also trained and certified in EMDR. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups.
Her approach in therapy is to create an atmosphere that is favorable for self-exploration and self-expansion; supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. As a therapist, Jane believes her role is that of a guide or coach; she can assist her clients by being objective, by providing a different viewpoint, and by giving feedback.