I work with individuals wishing to explore how they show up in the world and within relationships. My clients gain self awareness and release beliefs, habits and unconscious patterns.
Using both IFS (Internal Family Systems) and Brainspotting, we processes deeper in the subconscious, beyond the words and stories you know by heart. This is in-the-moment work, allowing the body to release old experiences and brain to release old reflexes.
Using these tools, the brain begins to reorganize – meaning that you’ll be less reactive, more grounded and intentional.
It’s a little bit different, a little bit woo and incredibly effective.
For the past 18 years I have seen all types of couples, relationship issues, needs and problems. Despite the variety in the presentation, there are common gaps of knowing and understanding. As the bulk of my career has focused on relationships, I have researched, read, trained and curated the most important thinking on how to be successfully be together.
I now meet with couples for 8 sessions for Premarital or Relationship Education. Please click below for more information.
Working with new therapists working toward licensure is an especially enjoyable part of my career. As a former licensing board member, I balance the legal and ethical exploration with client conceptualization.
Associates who enjoy working with me are rooted in systems theory, attachment and narrative therapy, who are deeply curious and are focused on health and growth. I am licensed to supervise in both Oregon and Arizona.
In addition to supervision for licensure, I provide discipline supervision for those sanctioned by OBLPCT on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to explore if we would be a good fit.
We play many roles in our daily lives and try to find harmony between work, self, family and relationships. I have learned self-reflection and gained an understanding of this delicate balance through my own personal and professional experiences.
Being a real person with a real partner and kids, I have found ways to make my relationships healthier and minimized the impact of traditional pitfalls and stressors.
It is most beneficial for a client to have a healthy, productive relationship with their therapist. It is equally important to me to have a healthy relationship with my clients. While I help you understand your current relationships and individual needs, I also believe that therapy can be a good way to be change your approach to interpersonal relationships. In our sessions, I check in on how you’re feeling. I often ask, “How is our approach working in your life? Are you satisfied with the work we are doing?”
My practice focuses on working with both individuals and couples who want to make changes in their lives. These changes typically involve overcoming established, often unhealthy, patterns in relationships, but we also focus on life transitions, parenting difficulties, communication issues, and specific interactions with friends, partners or family. In therapy, clients often describe feelings of anxiety or depression.
Together, we learn to recognize the impact on their marriages or friendships and find ways to successfully reconnect.
Academic and professional credentials :
I received a Masters Degree in Counselor Education (with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy) from Portland State University. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist registered with the States of Oregon and Arizona, and accordingly adhere to the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics.
My undergraduate degree in Education was earned at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.
I served on the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists beginning in 2014, and held Chair and Vice-Chair positions from 2016 through 2020. In addition, I held the position of Secretary for the American Association of State Counseling Boards from 2020-2022.