You are here in the bravest of circumstances. I welcome you and your choice to explore therapy, however you arrived.
I hold the therapeutic relationship in earnest and in reverence, it is sacred ground 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, I also wholeheartedly believe in the power of laughter, joy, and delight, and believe these all have a place in our healing.
I have observed that in holding what appear to be opposite experiences together, we find truth and profound meaning. 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 was born in the Midwest 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 at how people feel boredom. Now that I’ve resided in the Pacific Northwest for quite some time, 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 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.
My therapeutic stance is relational based, humanist and collaborative. I do not believe I am the expert, but a co-traveler, collaborator and companion to your journey. I trust that you already have the groundwork needed to heal, but we all need support in that process sometimes. I draw on approaches from attachment therapy, IFS (internal family systems), somatic based interventions, trauma informed care, existential work, mindfulness practices and nature based interventions. My interest in regenerative farming, permaculture, conservation, eco-spirituality and land stewardship has also created such rich connections in the self-healing rhythms I find inherent in all beings. It serves a deep inspiration for what can happen through the rhythm of cultivation, communal trust, belonging, and letting go.
My own work:
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 mental health.
I am also committed to doing my own work to acknowledge my own implicit bias and privilege so that my space is an inclusive, welcoming and safe space to anyone who enters. I welcome feedback in our relationship as I know I always have room to grow forward. It is important for you to know that my office is welcome to you regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, body size, ability, age, gender, or sexual orientation.
My office is ADA accessible with an elevator and on site guest parking lot with disabled parking should we choose to meet there, however I primarily offer telehealth appointments during the Covid 19 pandemic.
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!