Individual, Family, and Couple Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, and Adults
I am a therapist that seeks to bring my whole self into the counseling room, as a person with both privileged and marginalized identities I am committed to honoring the nuances of race and ethnicity, the boundless expressions of gender and sexuality, and all abilities. I received my masters in counseling from Portland State University with a focus on relationship and family counseling. Before I called myself a therapist I was an activist and social worker for over a decade, both things that continue to influence my practice and the way I see the world. As a person who has historically struggled to find the right therapist I feel extremely passionate about co-creating an open and supportive space for those who previously felt therapy was not accessible or healing for them. My personal and academic foundation is grounded in social justice, intersectional feminism, sex positivity, cultural humility, with focused training in child development, relationship and family counseling. I am interested in working with children, adolescents, and adults on a variety of life issues, including: anxiety, depression, addictions, identity development, oppression, privilege, body image using a body positive perspective, and relational support for individuals, polyamorous, open, and monogamous relationships. Lastly I will be honored to support you find tools, support systems, attain personal goals, and move through the world with more authenticity and ease. I look forward to meeting you.
The Way I Work:
I work from the prospective that therapy is about accepting, discovering, and becoming more of who you are rather then trying to remove or deny aspects of yourself. I am trained in a model known as Contemporary Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt Therapy seeks to build awareness in the present moment exploring how you make meaning of your world and looking at what gets in the way of you obtaining your needs and wants. From this therapeutic perspective, symptoms are seen as a result of your best creative attempts to cope with both inner and environmental stress. I believe we all experience the world uniquely and I’m interested in understanding and exploring the original function of all your coping strategies, and taking the time to pay my respect to how they once, and maybe still, help you survive. As a direct, active, and engaged therapist I want to support, listen fully, and challenge you to understand and experience yourself as a whole person. I look forward to partnering with you to explore your present awareness, uncover more choice in your life, and experiment with the changes you seek.
I am a registered LPC-Intern supervised by Marie Cacao, LMFT.