A connection is the energy that exists when we feel valued, seen and heard.
I imagine that you are looking for information to help you decide whether we might be successful in working together? There are certainly many qualified therapists/counselors for you to choose from! While it’s important to make sure that you are working with someone who has the training and experience required to effectively help you reach your goals; Connection is as important as credentials in a successful therapy experience. It’s vital that you feel safe, heard, understood, and accepted, in an environment of non-judgment. I encourage you to listen to your instincts throughout the process. If it doesn’t feel like a good fit, it probably isn’t. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to help you get started in your exploration.
My Approach to Therapy
I believe that individually, and in relationship, we all desire to discover our best selves: to be happy; to belong; to feel worthwhile; to love and be loved; and to find meaning in our lives.
I offer a compassionate, personalized approach to addressing your concerns based on the unique elements in your life and family, and I work collaboratively with you to discover your strengths and expertise so we can bring them to your experience of growth.
I use a variety of therapeutic concepts and tools to address your concerns, depending on your situation and how you work best. I often blend concepts of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, and mindfulness into other treatment modalities. My approach is informed by a perspective that recognizes and values the role of family, culture, environment, and experience in creating the lens through which we view our world, our relationships, and ourselves. Every person has a unique lens, and therefore a unique journey of personal exploration and growth.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, (License #C2039) and hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Portland State University, completing both the Marriage and Family Therapy and Individual Counseling programs. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).
Specialized training and practice experience has included:
Couples Counseling in all stages of relationship, and including non-traditional couples, and couples where one or both have experienced trauma.
Trauma, Developmental Trauma, and PTSD
Other experience has included:
Family Therapy Program management
Group and individual clinical supervision of graduate interns
Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate Counseling Program at Portland State University
Trauma treatment in both Corrections, and Private settings
Teaching Dialectical Behavior Therapy in groups
Leading mindfulness group practice.
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
National Board Certified Counselor, NBCC
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, CCTP II
American Counseling Association