I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and I hold a Master’s degree in Couples, Marriage and Family Therapy from Portland State University. My undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Studio Art from the University of Redlands. I spent the first several years of my career working with children, adolescents, and families providing in-home and community-based therapy and crisis response. I have also worked in school-based settings providing individual and family therapy to students from a variety of backgrounds. Nowadays, I work primarily with adults wishing to live with joy and authenticity, and couples wishing to strengthen their communication and deepen their connection.
I have training and experience in the following:
- EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a revolutionary way to heal trauma wounds quickly and with lasting effects;
- Gottman Method, a couples therapy based on decades of research into what works and what doesn’t in relationships;
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), a method of helping couples accept, communicate, share, and validate one another’s emotions in a safe, loving environment.
- Health Coaching, a health and lifestyle-focused approach to change habits for the better in order to improve overall health, energy, mood, mindset, happiness and well-being.
- Feminist, Poly and LGBTQ+ affirming modalities to ensure that I’m open to and understanding of different orientations and lifestyles, as well as acknowledging of the cultural and personal trauma and marginalization many of these individuals have experienced;
- Narrative Therapy, which explores your personal story in order to rewrite it to one that is strengthening and empowering;
- Nonviolent Communication, a tool for communicating feelings and needs in a clear, non-threatening way;
- Motivational Interviewing, a way to explore the hows and whys of reaching your goals;
- Strategic/Structural Family Therapy, an active and effective method to strengthening families and working through conflict;
- Collaborative Problem Solving, a way for parents to address challenging behavioral issues of their children;
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps you identify and separte out the thoughts and feelings behind your actions;
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps develop coping skills for negative thought patterns and destructive behaviors;
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, a way to find quick solutions to get you out of pain before you work deeper;
- Crisis Counseling, Group Therapy, Teen Counseling, and more.