I have a passion for helping each person I counsel to realize that changing one's mind really does change one's life. Psychotherapy is, by definition, about change, however, it is the relationship with the psychologist, in this case with me, that facilitates this change. Because the relationship is so important, my approach is highly relational. I effectively combine gentle confrontation to facilitate growth with a level of empathy and caring that creates a safety net for working through challenging issues or feelings.
I have a general practice, however, has a special interest in working with people with the issues listed below:
People with eating disorders - anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder, muscle dysmorphia
People who have chronically dieted without being able to maintain weight loss
People who need parenting support, particularly middle-aged parents (40's, 50's) of teenagers
People who are interested in integrating their faith with their psychotherapy, particularly Christianity
People who have been targets of or exposed to workplace bullying
I received my doctorate from the University of Washington and have been in private practice for over 20 years, working as a member of a multi-disciplinary outpatient treatment team that includes a physician, nutrition therapist, and psychiatrist. If you decided to make an appointment to see me, I would carefully evaluate your situation and then develop a highly individualized treatment plan. Thus, you might work with all members of the treatment team, or you might only see me. This all depends upon what is best for you.
In addition to my private practice, I am a writer and nationally recognized speaker. I am also assistant professor of graduate psychology and the Director of Clinical Training in the doctoral program at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. I have recently opened the Lampson Psychology Training Center that offers low-cost counseling.
I am a member of the American Psychological Association, the Washington State Psychological Association, the Western Psychological Association, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the Academy of Eating Disorders, and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.