Professional Approach: My approach to working with individuals and families is a creative and collaborative process that is determined by the needs of my clients. Counseling takes time, energy and commitment. It requires courage and motivation to work through the process. I work to provide a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate therapeutic space where all involved participants have the opportunity to learn about themselves, set realistic goals and discover solutions that meet their needs.
Education: I earned my dual Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from Lewis & Clark College. I have additional training and certification from Portland State University in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oregon.
My training includes psycho-dynamic theories (the internal processes that inform how we think, feel and act) as well as systemic theories (the interactions within groups of people, their relationship patterns, and their environments). My clinical work integrates a variety of methods tailored to enhance opportunities for client directed growth.
Background: As a helping professional, I have provided direct service in the Portland metro area since 2004 in schools, transitional-housing shelters and community mental health agencies.