Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #T0764
Hello & Welcome! We all have challenges that we face on a daily basis, yet sometimes these challenges become too big to face alone. If this feels like it is true for you, then perhaps I can support you in navigating through difficulty. I offer a supportive, compassionate, warm approach to therapy/counseling & look forward to hearing from you!
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a clinical member of the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy). I am also an AAMFT and OBLPCT (Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists) approved Clinical Supervisor. I hold a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and a M.Ed. in Couples and Family Therapy. In addition I am a member of The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy as well as the Oregon Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy. I am currently in the process of being supervised toward becoming a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. I also regularly engage in a variety of other trainings both face to face and distance/online. I have been practicing therapy for over 11 years in a variety of clinical and educational settings, and have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families in numerous combinations. In addition to being a therapist I also supervise intern therapists who are currently in graduate school or who are looking to become licensed clinicians themselves. I also am an adjunct instructor and supervisor at the University of Oregon and regularly teach classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level for the Couples and Family Therapy Program.
Outside of my clinical work I am a mama, partner, friend, family member, and community member. I love to spend time with my friends and family doing an array of activities, and you will regularly find me playing with my young daughter! My personal relationships are of singular importance to me and I would love to help support you in your relationships as well.
My approach to therapy is one of collaboration, compassion, and an empathic stance. I believe that there is remarkable power in having someone hear your story. I strive to listen wholeheartedly and then collaboratively develop a plan to help you/child or adolescent/couple/family take the needed steps for healing, growth, and change. I believe that each person holds unique potential and I can offer support and guidance in utilizing that potential. As a therapist you can expect that I will evaluate many aspects of your life and frequently ask questions relating to your relationships and life context. I believe that we affect and are affected by our context and surroundings and so I take this into consideration as I conduct therapy. I draw for a variety of theoretical orientations, including – Systems Theory, Experiential, Emotion Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Collaborative Problem Solving, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic, Mindfulness, and Attachment/Trauma Informed. We will work together to determine your level of need and where we should focus our attention.