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 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 am currently enrolled in the UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Mindfulness Professional Training Institute where I receive ongoing mentorship. I have received Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) status with the International Association of Trauma Professionals and am a Certified Alcohol and Addictions Counselor (CADC I) with the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO). I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.