I feel incredibly fortunate to love my work which is strongly founded in establishing a safe, secure, and respectful therapeutic relationship with clients. I provide empathetic therapeutic support for clients struggling with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, life transitions, identity concerns, and interpersonal difficulties as well as more persistent problems which can include personality disorders, psychotic disorders, PTSD/trauma or chronic illness. I draw on several approaches including psychodynamic, art based therapy, mindfulness and somatic-based practices, motivational interviewing, and dialectical and cognitive behavior therapies. I believe everyone has the right to live an authentic, healthy, and safe life. In my work I am committed to working with clients to nurture inner wisdom, navigate hardship, find ease, and embrace life’s pleasures.
I have worked in social services in the Portland area for several years. My work experiences have been diverse and I have been privileged to work with at-risk adolescents in residential care, with health professionals in residential care for drug and alcohol issues, with individuals transitioning from homelessness, at a practice serving refugees and survivors of torture, and in detox and outpatient settings serving individuals with substance abuse and mental health concerns. Prior to becoming a therapist I worked for several years as a first responder in the San Francisco Bay Area responding to medical, traumatic, and psychiatric emergencies.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy Counseling. I seek out training opportunities frequently, and have completed training through UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Mindfulness Professional Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center through UC Berkeley. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and continue with ongoing professional consultation. I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I) with the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.