I graduated from Argosy University in Seattle in 2013 with a M.A. in counseling psychology where I completed my education in mental health counseling. Afterwards, I obtained a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and mental health professional (MHP). I attended Seattle Central College in 2012 where I completed my education in drug and alcohol counseling. Afterwards, I obtained a licensed chemical dependency professional (CDP). I also provide trauma therapy. I am trained in the following body-based trauma therapies: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Lifespan Integration (LI) therapy. I also am a certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) endorsed by the International Association for Trauma Professionals, and I am trained in a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to trauma healing called Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA). As an eating disorder intuitive therapy (EDIT) certified therapist I provide therapy for eating disorder recovery. You can view my profile in the EDIT treatment directory of treatment providers at http://editcertified.com/edit-certified-directory/#Marbie. I began working in the mental health field in 2010 and substance use disorders field in 2012.
Before starting my graduate program I worked with children and youth as a residential counselor, behavioral specialist and drug and alcohol counselor. I worked in psychiatric inpatient, sub-acute and chemical dependency residential programs. I counseled at risk children, teens and families impacted by the foster care system and addiction. During my master's program I worked in community mental health with adults recovering from chronic mental illness.
For my clinical internship I worked as an intern therapist in an outpatient treatment program. I provided psychotherapy to adults recovering from mental illness and substance use. I worked with diverse populations impacted by the criminal justice and legal system. I continued working with this population and provided individual psychotherapy, group therapy, assessments, treatment planning, case management and outreach services to adults recovering from mental illness, substance use and trauma. In addition, I worked as an eating disorder residential counselor with women impacted by eating disorders and body image concerns.
I have volunteer experience counseling survivors of domestic violence (DV) at a DV shelter. I volunteered at a drop in center where I counseled lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, interex, asexual (LGBTQIA) . I volunteered for a non-profit organization promoting healthy, stigma-free mental wellness, mental health awareness, recovery and preventative programs. I have volunteer experience at a women's center where I provided research on ways to better counsel and support women in education.
After graduating in 2013 with my master's degree I continued to work in community mental health with adults. I worked as a counselor and case manager. In 2017 I returned to school to pursue a doctorate degree. I am currently in school as a doctoral student while working in private practice. My hope after completing my program is to be a clinical trauma psychologist who specializes in treating interpersonal trauma among women and (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) LGBTQIA populations. I started my private practice in Seattle in February 2016.