Psychotherapy with Children, Adolescents, & Adults
I am a Biracial-Black woman from Eugene, Oregon. In 1989, I moved to Portland to attend college and have been living and working here ever since. I attended Portland State University and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology (the study of groups of people) and a Minor in Urban Studies and Planning (the study of city planning and its impact on communities). I also hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with an emphasis on the underserved Black and Biracial community. Post graduate school, I completed a 2-year clinical training requirement through the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2005. I have 22 years of social work experience in the areas of the child welfare system, school social work, batterer’s intervention, hands-on parent education and individual therapy with youth and adults.
Since I was a child, people have naturally gravitated toward me when they need to work through their emotion-based struggles. Through these experiences I came to realize that I’m innately empathetic and innately fulfilled by helping people in this capacity. I genuinely enjoy getting to know my clients and collaborating with them to improve their overall mental health and quality of life, determine their short and long-term goals and create a dynamic plan to work toward reaching them. My lifelong passion for helping people, combined with my education, clinical training, work and lived-experience as a Biracial-Black woman have uniquely prepared me to be an effective therapist for a wide range of folks.
My theoretical orientation is anti-racist, feminist, mind-body connected, social justice, strengths-based and trauma-informed. I have experience working with youth and adults to address anxiety, ADHD, cultural oppression, depression, domestic violence (survivors and perpetrators), poverty, etc. In doing this I utilize a variety of approaches to guide our collaborative process, including cognitive-behavioral, culturally-sensitive, holistic, humanistic, relational and mindfulness-based theories.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 18 years and our blended family, including my son, two stepsons and a stepdaughter, all aged 21-25. I also have 3 year old identical twin grandsons, whom I adore! I love learning new things, being in nature, yoga, meditation, coloring and spending time with friends and family.