Individual & Couple Psychotherapy with Adults
I am a clinical psychologist who has experience working with adults from various diverse backgrounds. Using a collaborative, relational approach I have assisted many individuals with their struggles with anxiety, grief, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, identity concerns, and life transitions. In particular, I have a passion helping individuals explore how their family culture, sexual identity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, religious/spiritual experiences, and chronic health concerns influence the shaping of their self-concept and well-being.
The foundation of my therapy work focuses on building a collaborative relationship in which we can develop a shared understanding of your current struggles and how personal, relational, familial, and cultural experiences helped shape your unique life situation. Through the use of empathy, active listening, and processing of your emotional and relational experiences I help you develop new ways to relate to yourself and others. While doing this I help you expand and enrich your coping strategies to help empower you to create flexibility and change in your life. To help me with this process I pull from many therapy approaches, including Psychodynamic, Gestalt, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Attachment Theory and Systems Theory.
Regarding my professional journey, I received my doctorate from Pacific University and completed my doctoral internship at Central Washington University Student Medical and Counseling Clinic in Ellensburg, WA. I completed my postdoctoral residency at Pacific University’s Student Counseling Center in 2013, and then remained there as a Staff Psychologist providing psychotherapy extensively with undergraduate and graduate students, including students seeking advanced degrees in various healthcare and mental health professions. In 2017, after experiencing my own life transition with the adoption of my daughter, I decided to make a career shift and join the team at Portland Mental Health.