Hi, I'm Britt.
I have been working in the mental health and social services field for ten years, practicing as a therapist, consultant, researcher, instructor, and advocate.
education & training
I am a clinical social worker who received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and my Master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago. My training background and clinical specialization is in Contextual Behavioral Therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I am intensively trained in DBT by Dr. Kate Comtois and UW/Haborview's Psychiatry Department training program and am trained in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy through the University of Washington and The Seattle Clinic. Outside of my private practice I am a DBT therapist at Harborview’s Psychotherapy Clinic. Some of my past and most formative professional positions include working at Oakland Children’s Hospital’s Autism Intervention Program, Stanford University’s Eating Disorder Research Program, and at the University of Chicago’s Orthogenic School (residential treatment program). I also completed a yearlong advanced clinical practicum in Client Centered Therapy with Chicago Counseling Associates and Chicago Women’s Health Center, with an emphasis on Harm Reduction and Anti-Oppressive practices for people living with marginalized identities.
I am a proud Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Botswana as an HIV/AIDS Community Capacity Builder and Consultant.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, License No. LW60907034
a values-guided practice
The reason that I choose to do this work is because I believe that relationships are powerful agents of change. It is important to me that my interactions with clients reflect my values. This ensures that the work we are doing together is as life-enhancing for me as it is for you.
These are some of the values that guide my interactions, inside and outside of the therapy room:
A non-judgmental stance towards others, including their beliefs and choices
Transparency in my communication and intentions
Cultural-humility for the limitation of my ability to know what it is like to live the life of another person, and the willingness to educate myself
Adopting an open mind that is interested in learning, both formally/academically and informally from my experiences, relationships, and community
Holding an anti-oppressive framework, especially when working with people who have identities that have been historically and systemically marginalized (and an understanding that not all of our identities are visible)
connection and "fit"
An important factor for us both to consider in working together is that we both agree we are a good "fit." I will help you understand the science that supports my work and how it can be helpful given the reasons that are leading you to seek therapy. However, I believe that "fit" is more than the transaction between my knowledge as a clinician and the issues that you are wanting help with. My experience with clients shows, and research confirms, that that the quality of our relationship will greatly inform the impact and effectiveness of our work together. I believe that it is important for us, as two humans in a growth-promoting relationship, to work openly together. This means that I am committed to bringing my authentic self and humanity into our sessions. While my hope and greatest intention is that we will work together, I will also respect your and my right to decide not to. I will do my best to help you locate a more appropriate provider, if desired.