I hold a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College in 2015, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Warner Pacific College in 2003. I have provided counseling and social services to individuals, children, teens, families and partners in diverse settings to promote health, wellbeing, growth, and relationships since 2004. I also find fulfillment in making art, connecting with friends and family, and exploring the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.
My Philosophy of Therapy
Therapy is most useful when it is based on an authentic and compassionate connection. It is very important to me that when a client walks through my door they feel heard, validated and respected for who they are. I use a collaborative approach that is client-centered and strengths-based. With this approach we work together to develop goals for growth, healing and change. Through exploring your strengths and times you have been able to overcome challenges in the past, we can find ways to incorporate those experiences into your current needs. I have a strong belief that with the right support, everyone has the strength and ability to overcome barriers to health, healing and growth as individuals, as partners and as families. I support and empower my clients to recognize and use their personal strengths as tools, as well as to learn to develop new skills through our work together in therapy.
Grounded in the belief that no one can know you better than you know yourself, goals and desired outcomes are developed together through the exploration of your story and your experiences. We don’t live in a bubble, and our stories are written as we connect with others and the world. In families and partnerships, our personal story impacts our shared experience. How we make sense and build meaning of our experiences is through the telling and retelling of our story. Healing can come through the sharing and witnessing of our story, and change occurs when we shift how we see, understand and relate to our story.
To be an effective therapist, I must continuously be stretching, learning and growing. This means that I am always pursuing opportunities for learning and education on topics relevant to therapy, and topics that are directly applicable to my clients. I must also be willing to maintain a flexibility that allows me to continuously question and explore my own story and how I make meaning. Therapy is mutually transforming; it is a journey that we embark upon together. I welcome feedback and input regarding the process of therapy.
As a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, I abide by the code of ethics of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.