I strive to create a safe environment whereby clients feel heard, seen and valued for who they are. I believe the therapeutic process is about us journeying together, as you discover your intrinsic strengths, empowerment and resiliency. Therapy can provide a space in which to heal from trauma and adverse life experiences, process overwhelming emotions in a safe space, discover fresh insight into self, as well as develop and implement new skills into daily living. In my clinical practice, I am guided by the values of collaboration, solidarity, respect and equality; that is, you are the expert on your life and we are journeying together on this path of wholeness, health, healing and transformation.
I have experience and expertise in providing therapy to individuals across the life span; however, I specialize in working with children and adolescents who have experienced abuse, neglect, domestic violence, familial conflict and attachment difficulties. I also have experience in working with adolescents and adults who are survivors of sexual violence, as well as those who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation.
I also have experience in working with eating disorders and disordered eating in both micro and macro settings. I have participated in regional and national advocacy and community awareness events, in the hopes of reducing the stigma that so often accompanies these conditions, as well as for the purpose of reducing the barriers clients face in the access to and delivery of services. Additionally, in my clinical practice, I have worked with individuals across the life span who struggle with eating disorders and disordered eating. I find great joy in walking alongside clients on their journey to finding peace with food, the body, and the self, to discover what it looks like for each person to come home to their bodies. It is my belief that recovery is not only possible but attainable, given the resources, opportunities and support to do so.
I draw on a variety of orientations and methods in the therapeutic space, depending on the needs, as well as developmental stage of the client. Fundamentally, I am grounded in an integrative mind-body approach in processing trauma, anxiety, depression and eating disorders, driven by the belief that our minds and our bodies are so very interconnected, and healing must be holistic, focusing on the entire self—mind, body, and spirit. As well, I draw from CBT and DBT based methods in working with anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders. With children, I typically employ child centered play therapy, expressive arts and narrative based yoga.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Gender Studies from George Fox University, with a concentration in Global and Cultural Studies. During my undergraduate career, I spent a semester in Thailand, where I was immersed in the reality of economic and social injustice in that region, as well as gained exposure and insight into the trauma of forced migration, poverty, war, and sexual violence. While there, I interned at the Burmese Migrant Center, a school for the children of Burmese migrant workers. Following graduation, I worked abroad for a year with a human rights organization that provides therapeutic services to survivors of sex trafficking, labor trafficking, forced migration, and gender-based violence. These international experiences profoundly shaped me and instilled in me a passion to walk alongside those who have experienced trauma.
I hold a master’s degree in Social Work from Portland State University, with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family studies. Additionally, as a graduate student, I attained my certification in Trauma Informed Care. Outside of academia, throughout my graduate school training, I volunteered with Catholic Charities refugee resettlement program; as well, I have traveled to the Tijuana/San Diego border to learn from practitioners who are the ground providing support, hospitality and hope to deported migrants.
- Abuse & Neglect
- Interpersonal and Sexual Violence
- Refugees and Immigrants
- Familial Conflict and Relationships
- Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating
- Body Image & Self Esteem
- Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Attachment Theory
- Child Centered Play Therapy & Expressive Arts
- Interpersonal Neurobiology Theory
- Mindfulness and Meditation Based Methods
- Trauma Informed Care Certification
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Certified Personality Disorder Treatment Professional
- Yoga & Play Therapy: Children’s Yoga Certification
- Eating Disorder certification (in process)
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