When I meet someone facing life’s challenges, I strive to create a safe, caring, transparent and understanding space in which to heal. Often our first response to misfortune is to fight against it. While we all use our inherent strengths and have skillful ways of doing this, sometimes our efforts nevertheless become futile and disconnect us from others. Therapy is a safe, private and supportive environment in which one can take risks to be more honest and vulnerable with themselves and in their relationships. In the company of mutual respect, we will work as a team to rediscover your unique strengths and knowledge gained through your life story and culture, as well as potent memories of encounters with nurturance, connection and joy that may be forgotten. The result is often a more comfortable, effective and empowered sense of self from which one can heal from different types of trauma and relationships can thrive.
My therapeutic style is informed by Solution-focused, Narrative, Trauma-Informed, Attachment and Psychodynamic approaches. This means that I believe clients already have the strengths to reach their goals and that the therapeutic relationship is the most important tool.
My work helping others began as an Alzheimer’s caregiver and later a crisis counselor, family therapist and therapist in a primary care clinic.
I grew up here in Oregon and I earned my graduate degree at the Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland. I have a strong foundation in understanding personality formation, thought patterns, attachment processes and social and cultural equity. I specialize in addressing concerns such as bereavement, trauma, relationship or family distress, anxiety and depression. In my free time I enjoy exploring new routes on my bike, hiking and camping.
- Relationship distress
- Illness and medical stress
- Trauma-informed Narrative
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3305 19th Avenue Forest Grove, OR 97116