Philosophy and Approach
As a psychodynamic therapist, I encourage the exploration of relationships. The interpersonal dynamics that shape us can impact the way we see ourselves and interact with the world. With the belief that relationships can reveal the common threads throughout our internal world, I take not only your relationships (of all kinds, past and present) but also our relationship within therapy into account. I aim to create a safe bond in which you feel accepted and can identify your strengths, some of which perhaps you aren’t aware of, while also being challenged. I bring genuine warmth, empathy, curiosity, and humor to our collaborative therapeutic process.
While I believe that you are most expert in yourself and your experience of the world, I aim to help you explore the ways in which you’ve consciously and unconsciously internalized and adapted to your experiences, relationships, and emotions. We will work together to understand the beliefs you hold about yourself, and we will examine them. Increasing your insight into yourself, within the context of your world, will move you toward healing and self-cultivation.
I work with adults who hold varying identities, with all kinds of concerns. I commonly work with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, grief, systemic oppression, and gender/sexual identity. Whether you are new to therapy or experienced, excited or ambivalent, I am thrilled to work with you and help you heal and grow.
Together, we’ll create a space to explore your intersecting identities, culture, and experiences. Beyond the interpersonal, we’ll look at the ways our society has affected you both concretely and through covert socialization and internalized messaging. As humans, we relate with one-another and also with systems. I am guided by psychodynamic theories and am informed by structuralism and queer theory. I am LGBTQIA-affirming, anti-racism, and have a philosophy of cultural humility.
Education and Training
I hold a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Portland State University. My Bachelor of Arts in Political Science is from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at University of Oregon.
I am registered with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as an active intern and am bound by its code of ethics. I am under the clinical supervision of Rebecca Shala, LPC.
As a licensee intern counselor working through the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, I abide by its Code of Ethics. Please feel free to visit the OBLPCT’s website (http://www.oregon.gov/oblpct) for additional information regarding any licensee or registered counseling intern or let me know if you’d like a hard copy of these professional standards.