My background and education allow me to utilize various approaches in each session, depending on the needs of you and your family. In my work with children, I often find that a combination of play therapy and family therapy works best to address any problems or issues your child may be experiencing. Play therapy is useful in helping children express themselves in a developmentally appropriate way and I truly enjoy witnessing the magic that unfolds through the therapeutic process.
With older teens and adults, I draw from multiple theoretical orientations including Internal Family Systems (parts work), Mindfulness, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, as well as some Psychodynamic and Experiential approaches. In a sense, all these therapy terms indicate that I love to help people explore and uncover their own wisdom, and do so by offering experiences in the therapy room that best fit the person’s needs. If you like art, we can incorporate it into sessions, if you prefer to talk during sessions we can do that too. Above all, I value relationships, and find that the trust built during sessions over time can be one of the most healing parts of the work. If you have questions about the way I work, please contact me and I’d be happy to provide more information.
Education and Experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon and have acquired all current licensing requirements set forth by the Oregon Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.
My master’s degree is in counseling with a specialty in Marital, Couple and Family Therapy from Portland State University (2013). I have additional experience and expertise in treating trauma, attachment and relationship issues.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked many years with at-risk youth and families in the early education and social services fields. Throughout my career, I have worked with families with diverse beliefs and backgrounds, and have enjoyed interacting with children and adults of all ages.