Connection, vulnerability, safety and empowerment. These are a few words that describe how I approach therapy.
It takes a lot of strength and courage to ask for help. I do not take this lightly and will meet you with compassion, curiosity and understanding. I believe that we are greatly shaped by our early childhood experiences, family structure, cultural background, race, financial circumstance, gender, sexual orientation, physical health and environment. Together we will explore how your life experiences have shaped your worldview, thoughts and behaviors. Sometimes we are holding onto certain thoughts or behaviors because they were taught to us at a young age or they helped us in the past but may not be serving us anymore. Other times, we are engaging in certain behaviors as a way to cope with emotional pain or situations that can make us feel powerless. As humans, we strive for connection and satisfying relationships. When we don’t feel a sense of connection and safety in our relationships, it can cause feelings of depression or anxiety.
My hope is that I can provide a safe place for you to talk openly about these struggles and we can explore which thoughts, behaviors and relationships are helpful and which ones you would like to alter or leave behind. My belief is that you are the expert on your own life. Thus, my role with you on this journey is to highlight your natural strengths, offer new ways of coping, and shine light on areas of your life that make you feel empowered.
Some circumstances in life are unfair, difficult, or unexpected. As a therapist, I have learned that we are more resilient than we think. With new tools, increased hope, and feeling connected to a community, healing and change can happen.
Training and Experience:
Since entering the field in 2013, all of my training and experience has been working with individuals and families to heal from mental health and addiction related symptoms. I received my Masters degree in Mental Health and Addictions Counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in 2016. I completed my internship at the VA Portland Health Care System where I was helping veterans recover from symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use symptoms. Since 2016, I’ve provided services in outpatient settings with individuals and families who were impacted by addiction (alcohol, drugs, gambling, and/or gaming). I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor II. I gravitate towards Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relational-Cultural Theory, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Structural Family Therapy.
I have experience in treating: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma Related Symptoms, Sexual Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders, Gambling Addiction, Relational Conflicts and struggles related to holding marginalized identities.