Jill received her B.A. from the University of California at Santa
Barbara, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1981.
After working with adolescents in
residential treatment facilities as a clinical staff worker,
Activities Director, and Manager, she received intensive training in
Structural Family Therapy while working at Lutheran Social Services.
She worked as a School Counselor before joining the staff of
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in Spokane, which specialized in
Eating Disorders. While there, she conducted the therapeutic
component of the Inpatient and Intensive Outpatient programs of their
Eating Disorders Program at Deaconness Medical Center.
In 1988, she
married and moved to Sandpoint, where she opened a private practice.
Jill was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington
State, and as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho. She became
certified in EMDR, a method designed to treat victims of
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1997.
She began studying the
Gottman method in 2000, and after rigorous training, received her
certification as a Gottman Couples Therapist in 2005, and has
received additional Gottman certifications as a Workshop Leader as
well as a Presenter for Level 1 Therapist Trainings.
Several times a
year, Jill travels to Seattle to assist John and Julie Gottman as a
Roving Therapist at their Art & Science of Love Workshops.
her lifelong passion for Dance, she became certified as a NIA
instructor in 2005, received Zumba certification in 2009, adding
Zumba Toning in 2010. Jill also has been performing
individually-created wedding ceremonies since 1996.
She has been
happily married for 23 years, and parenting has been her deepest
pleasure. Her daughter recently graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Anthropology and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Museum Studies at Columbia University, her elder son is studying Diplomacy and Psychology at Occidental, and her younger son is an Academic Decathalete at Sandpoint High.
Congruent with her belief in seeking
balance in mind, body, spirit and emotion, she is also a certified
Zumba and NIA instructor and teaches weekly classes. Click here for
more information on Zumba. For more information on her work as a
Wedding Officiant, click here.