I was born in Northwest Indiana so the wide open will always be an integral part of me. You can tell by my old soul, my love of slow mornings, endless skies and bare feet, amusement within simplicity and confusion of how people feel boredom. Now that I live in the pacific northwest, however, I have never felt more at home. The wind in the cedars, the churn of the ocean, the sound of the forest floor beneath my feet, it all stirs the ingredients of aliveness within me.
I hold the therapeutic relationship with both a severity and reverence, it is a sacred honor to walk through the most vulnerable places with people who feel the most vulnerable. As much as I am driven and serious about the deeper work I do with people, one of the first things people recognize about me is my laugh and sense of yearning for what is good, true and beautiful.
I have observed that in holding what appear to be opposite experiences together, we find truth and profound joy. It is not reducing our experience to either/ors but the courage to bear witness to our full human experience that ushers in the most freedom and healing. Acceptance and change, joy and heartache, loss and gain, trust and disappointment, these can all be held together. And only when we hold them together can we actually move forward. Carl Rogers once said “The curious paradox is only when I accept myself exactly as I am, I change.”
I am a mental health counselor certified by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. I have a Masters in Counseling from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon and have extensive experience in higher and lower levels of care (Residential, Partial, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient) treating eating disorders, mood, anxiety, and trauma related conditions. I am part of the Columbia River Eating Disorder Network and receive ongoing training from some of the most esteemed professionals in the eating disorder field.
My undergraduate degree is in Philosophy and Religion so one of my biggest interests is exploring issues of spirituality, faith, doubt, community and relationships in church or faith communities. I am not a spiritual director but do enjoy offering contemplative counseling to those spiritually wounded, lost, or searching.
Irvin Yalom once said we therapists cannot ask clients to go where we ourselves have refused to go. If you are working with me, you can rest assured knowing this is a modus operandi I take very seriously. I am committed to my own ongoing self care, self-awareness and acknowledgment of my own bias and blind spots. I am committed to ongoing education and training to offer clients competent support. And it is important for you to know that my office is a safe and welcome space. ALL are welcome.
If you are interested in working with me, I offer a free 15 minute consultation to see if we may be a good fit. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!