I believe that everyone is capable of making changes in their lives when given respect and support in a nonjudgmental, strength-based and nurturing environment. I view therapy as a collaborative partnership between us, with you defining what goals to work towards and my offering knowledge and guidance to assist you in realizing these goals and reaching optimal functioning and potential.
I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Oregon since 1991 and received my Master of Education in Counselor Education/Counseling from the University of Southern California. I have worked for over 27 years providing counseling and therapy in a variety of settings including schools, in home/ community and office-based. I have consulted with schools, physicians/hospitals, community programs and government agencies and have provided individual, group, couples and family therapy. I have worked as a Clinical Supervisor as well as a Therapist and have helped my clients to address a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, overcoming current and past trauma, parenting, marital/relationship issues, women's issues, family of origin issues and working with high risk youth. I have extensive experience and expertise working with youth from early childhood through adolescence as well as adults. In a position as a School-Based Counselor I not only provided therapeutic support to students, but also provided consultation to school administrators and staff, served on IEP teams and ran a variety of groups.
My philosophy regarding counseling is based on accepting the client where they are when they enter counseling. Each individual is unique, with different needs and a different history, so each counseling experience will be unique as well. My foundation is in Humanistic-Existential Theory, which includes considering the whole person, working from their strengths and helping them to achieve health and wellbeing by providing a supportive environment for them to express their thoughts and feelings without judgment. I believe that everyone needs to feel that they are valued, that they have some connection to others and that their lives are meaningful. I utilize counseling techniques that best fit the individual and the situation. I frequently utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multisystemic Therapy, Structural and Systemic Family Systems and Collaborative Problems Solving. I am also trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidence-based interventions/models. I will often use aspects of play and art therapies in my work with children as well as encouraging adolescents and adults to utilize expressive forms of therapy if they are comfortable doing so. I am also a trained Parent Educator for Circle of Security (an attachment-based psycho-education group) and Reflective Supervisor. In addition to providing therapy, I am a registered Licensure Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor and supervised clinicians working in a community-based Early Childhood Program.
I am excited to meet with you and partner with you in achieving your goals!
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will believe its whole life that it is stupid."