Are you seeking a therapist who works to help you thread connections between past and present life stressors? If so, my practice might be for you. I obtained a masters’ in social work from Portland State University and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with clients ranging from adolescence (and their families) to adulthood. I use a DBT-informed, cognitive-behavioral approach in my counseling practice. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a treatment that emphasizes the balance of acceptance and change. I strive to help clients identify goals to reach a more satisfying quality of life. When you and I feel ready I utilize prolonged exposure techniques and mind-body connections to treat childhood and adult trauma. We would focus on desensitization of present-day triggers, processing of past traumatic memories, and insight into complex trauma effects played out in current relationships.
I have 11 years of experience providing individual, group, and family counseling. Areas of special interest include high-risk/impulsive and compulsive behaviors, eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal conflict. I utilize mindfulness practices and behavioral analysis to assist with overcoming presenting problems. Clients have described my approach as high-energy, genuine, irreverent, and thorough. I believe in a collaborative therapeutic relationship where you feel empowered.