My approach is holistic and demonstrates a deep appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual. I provide a warm, genuine, and validating environment in which we can safely explore that which is, and is not, working. I believe the foundation of individual mental health involves having a positive relationship with ourselves. Our relationship with our self impacts our relationships with others, the choices we make, the expectations we set for self and others, and how we view the world outside of us.
If we do not have a good relationship with ourselves, it’s difficult to change and grow. It can take a tremendous amount of courage to acknowledge what is not serving you well, to reach out for assistance, and to share those deeply personal issues. I see it as an honor to be a trusted witness and support to those who cross my doorstep.
Healing can be enhanced by integrating mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, I take a holistic approach that aims to consider and address all aspects of an individual’s life and how those aspects interrelate. My approach is based in mindfulness and informed by both western philosophies/practices (dynamic, evidence-based cognitive behavioral theory) and eastern philosophies/practices (Yoga, Meditation, and Breath work, for example).
In my experience, change is affected by increasing mindful attention to internal/external experiences; developing self-acceptance and the ability to self-validate; staying present vs. focusing on the past or worrying about the future; developing willingness to experience emotions and learn from the powerful information they possess; and increasing tolerance and acceptance of challenges and painful experiences. My approach assists clients in lessening attachments to confining, limiting identities and ways of describing the self. My ultimate goal is to assist my clients in developing tools and skills to achieve and maintain a sense of balance, and to cultivate the wisdom necessary for lifelong growth and development.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ― Gautama Buddha
Things I’ve Written
I’ve included a sample of some of my work below that I thought give a sense of my interests and who I am…
- Experts’ Favorite Apps and Books for Learning Mindfulness Meditation
- Getting Through Thanksgiving with Misophonia
- Misophonia: what the heck is it and what’s a trigger?
Orientation: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Aftercare and DBT-informed individual therapy, no DBT group offerings) and other evidence-based cognitive behaviors therapies
Modalities: Individuals, Group
LGBTQ affirmative; ethnically-diverse populations
Practicing Since: 2003
Degree: Masters in Clinical Social Work
Year Graduated: 2004
License Number and State: #L5853, Oregon State Board of Licensed Social Workers
- Addiction/Substance Abuse, including concerned significant others
- Personal Growth/Values clarification
- Personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder
- Identity issues
- Anxiety and Panic
- Anger Management
- Interpersonal communication
- Interpersonal relationships
- Intimacy and Sexuality
- Affirmative gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender psychotherapy
- Body image
Average Cost: $145-$200
Sliding Scale: limited
Accepted Insurance Plans:
In-network: Pacific Source, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicare, and Tricare; Out of Network: for all other insurance plans.
How I Can Help:
In session, we will work on identifying thinking and behavior patterns that get in the way of acting in accordance with your values. Taking a different approach to dealing with thoughts and emotions promotes increased flexibility in behaviors and choices. We will also work together at discovering the positive elements that exist within you and expanding that which is already present and helpful.
Email Address: email@example.com
Phone: (503) 281-4852 ext. 217