Attending therapy demonstrates one’s strength to face challenges and make changes. I am honored to accompany clients on their journey to create the life they desire.
Reaching out for help isn’t easy for many of us. I am frequently humbled and inspired by the courage people show as they work to make real changes in their lives. I specialize in helping people who struggle with psychological trauma, addiction, depression, and anxiety. For example, I often work with those who have experienced emotional abuse in a close relationship (e.g., a partner, family, or friend) or those who are managing psychological pain with substance use. Experiencing trauma and addiction can result in difficulty feeling like a “whole” person and identifying what is needed to experience happiness. I provide therapy that directly addresses the impact of trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression in order to assist people with living fully and having quality relationships. I also have a particular focus on working with those who have faced difficult experiences and may be considering therapy for the first time as an option to improve their lives.
Like many of the people I work with, I come to this having had a diverse range of life experiences that shape who I am and how I approach my work. I have spent much of my training and early career in organizations that support social justice, equality, and the delivery of culturally-competent services to marginalized populations. These experiences have fostered values of humility, openness, acceptance, and respect for the inherent worth of each individual I work with. I honor the dignity and choice of clients as they explore and evaluate difficult experiences on their path toward healing. I meet people in the process of change exactly where they are, but also act as a guide to get them to where they want to be.
In order to be as effective as possible in helping clients achieve positive outcomes, I use evidence-based psychotherapies. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) inform my work with clients. These therapies include methods to increase connection to self and others, identify values and needs, and take action to achieve desired results.
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Orientation: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT-Informed Individual Therapy), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Ages: Works with adults (ages 18+) only
Special Populations: LGBTQ affirmative; ethnically-diverse populations
Years in Practice: 5
Degree: Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
Year Graduated: 2016
License Number and State: Licensed Psychologist in Oregon # 2880
- Substance Use & Addictive Behavior
- Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Relationships & Transitions
- Identity & Values Clarification
- Men’s Issues
Average Cost: $140-$200
Sliding Scale: no
Accepted Insurance Plans: First Choice Health, PacificSource and I accept most other insurance as an out-of-network provider
How I can help:
I can help you find hope and embrace uncertainty. I can also help you find solutions that increase your confidence in your ability to succeed. I will accompany you on your journey through difficult times and help you reduce anguish, shame, guilt, and self-criticism, while also helping you be more aware of your strengths and potential, the bright spots in your life, and your humanness. My approach specifically focuses on helping with the development of emotional awareness and skills that you can use in your daily life to be kinder to yourself and others, regulate seemingly unpredictable and intolerable emotions, decrease unwanted behavior, and become more effective and understanding in relationships.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (503) 281-4852 ext. 220