Individual Psychotherapy with Adults
I am a clinical psychologist. I graduated with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in 2015. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the student counseling center of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. I completed my post-doctorate residency hours and became licensed in Oregon in 2018. I also graduated with a Masters in Psychology from Seattle University in 2008. I have worked in a variety of settings across my career: psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, an AIDS service organization, college counseling centers, a child-maltreatment center, and a mobile crisis response team. Throughout these places, I most commonly worked with people facing some form of crisis in their lives, and I helped people of all ages and from various cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. I had training experiences and work that specialized in trauma, serious mental health issues, immigration issues, and sexual health and risk.
I strive to build a strong working relationship with my clients and be curious about their lives. Beyond that, my approach in therapy generally focuses on people’s rich and complex lives. I focus on how people experience and express their emotions, paying particular attention to times when this seems blocked for them. I help people explore life patterns, with an eye on supporting people’s freedom and flexibility with how they live their lives. I also pay close attention to the relationships and experiences people have with others, as these shape who we are. Finally, I always consider people’s social context, such as cultural identity, family history, socioeconomic background, and education. If you are interested in which models of therapy inform my work, my approach adopts elements of contemporary psychodynamic practice, existential psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and organizational/systems theory. Even with this, I believe that people come first. A psychological theory or therapy is only a map; people’s lives are the real landscape.