I provide evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals who are suffering and who seek to make changes in their lives. My commitment is to helping the people I work with live lives that are more meaningful and vibrant, lives of integrity and dignity. Rather than just feeling better, my focus is on helping my clients live better.
Many of the people with whom I work come to me because they are feeling “stuck” in their lives; they feel a loss of vitality, satisfaction, or meaning in their lives. That “stuckness” may come in the form of depression, difficulties coping with trauma, relationship struggles, persistent feelings of shame or chronic self-criticism, or a more general life dissatisfaction. With these or any other forms of suffering my clients experience, I work from a collaborative and respectful place to help clients explore what is and isn’t working in their lives. My approach tends to be quite pragmatic, interactive, and client-directed. I do not subscribe to an “illness/disease” based model of psychotherapy that I find to be stigmatizing and limiting. Most importantly, I strive to always treat clients with dignity, respect, and compassion as I work to help them create for themselves the kind of meaningful life they desire.
I am a licensed psychologist trained as a scientist-practitioner. I am also the co-founder of Portland Psychotherapy and its Director of Clinical Services. I practice evidence-based therapy, which means that my clinical work is informed by empirical research identifying those methods that science has shown to be most effective. I believe that psychotherapy is both an art and a science. At the heart of my practice is compassion. I hold a profound amount of respect and care for those with whom I work. At the same time, my work is also firmly grounded in science that guides my interventions and treatment plans. In addition to being a clinician, I am also a clinical researcher focusing on issues related to stigma, shame, and chronic self criticism. In that way, I see the science and practice of my work as being very integrated; what I do in therapy is informed by my and others’ research and my research is also informed by my work as a clinician.
The type of therapy that I practice, called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, emphasizes such processes as mindfulness, acceptance, and values in helping clients overcome obstacles in their lives. My goal in therapy is not to try to help clients “control” or eliminate certain parts of their experience of life. Rather, I help clients develop skills to be able to make room for that suffering, to let go of the struggle with pain, be more mindful, get clarity on what really matters to them, and to commit to living full, vibrant lives.
Things I’ve Written
I’ve included a sample of some of my writings below that I thought give a sense of my interests and who I am…
- ACT and Body Image Difficulties: Maybe not liking your body isn’t the problem
- Pain and values: two sides of the same coin
- Gender, sexuality, and other things that don’t belong in boxes
- Gratitude – It does a relationship good!
- The ACT Therapist – a poem I wrote with Dr. Jason Luoma
Orientation: I practice a type of mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am also particularly interested in how to utilize compassion-focused interventions within an ACT framework.
Years in Practice:
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
License Number and State:
Licensed Psychologist in Oregon # 1600
- Relationship difficulties
- Intimacy/Sexuality concerns
- Personal growth and values clarification
- Body image
- Loss or grief
- Identity issues or self-esteem
- Anxiety or fears
- Eating Disorders/problems with food
Average Cost: $180
Sliding Scale: no
Accepted Insurance Plans:
Will bill most insurance plans as an out-of-network provider
How I Can Help:
Finding the right therapist, one with whom you feel comfortable and understands your unique struggle is essential if therapy is going to be helpful. If you have questions or would like to speak with me to see if my work might be a good match for what you are looking for, please feel free to contact me. And if it turns out that I am not best able to meet your needs, I would be very happy to help you find referrals for someone who might be a better match.
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (503) 281-4852 ext. 215