I believe my role as a therapist is to support my clients’ journey towards their desired goals and life balance, guided by compassion and trust of my clients’ innate wisdom. I honor a holistic approach to wellness that supports mind-body integration, spiritual and existential exploration, and utilizing nature and sensory experience as a resource. I find laughter, joy, and connection to be intrinsic to healing, and wholeheartedly agree with Harville Hendrix’s words “we are born in relationship, we are wounded in relationship, and we can be healed in relationship.”
While pursuing a B.S. in Sociology from U.C. Berkeley, with a concentration in family studies and gender studies, I also became a sea kayaking instructor, whitewater raft guide, and ropes course instructor. These experiences showed me the immense potential for gaining confidence, self-efficacy, self knowledge, and connection with others through outdoor activities. I also volunteered with Healing Waters, an outfit that takes people with terminal illnesses on rafting and sea kayaking trips, and experienced the healing potential of the outdoors through splashes of whitewater on a sunny day, glimpsing otters swimming by, or simply sharing hot cocoa around a campfire. This led me to 20 years of experience working with youth and adults in the outdoors, through wilderness therapy, and outdoor recreation and education.
I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology, focusing on Somatic Psychology, from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA in 2010. My studies at CIIS deepened my understanding of the mind/body connection, and the need to treat the whole self when addressing mental health. I studied Acupressure with the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA, introducing me to Eastern Medicine and the concept of health as a sum of our physical, emotional and spiritual selves. More recently, I have worked as a mental health clinician and substance use counselor at White Bird Clinic in Eugene, Oregon, where I focused on more traditional talk therapy and trauma-informed care. Additionally, I am a certified S.A.F.E. EMDR practitioner.
My belief is that therapy should be a collaborative relationship where emotions, experiences, and new ways of being can be explored with safe and compassionate support. I enjoy working with people during times of transition in their lives and helping individuals build their self-care and self-compassion, while gaining tools and resources to live a full life aligned with their true selves. Mindfulness, meditation, and using one’s body as a resource are often parts of my work with people, and I am excited to be working towards having a therapy canine as part of my counseling practice. Equity and anti-oppression work are values of mine, and I welcome working with LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC individuals, and people of all backgrounds.
Now accepting private pay and OHP/PacificSource CCO only.