I became a therapist to help others learn the skills to live a life that feels fulfilling, connected, balanced, and stable. I am passionate about this mission because I understand first hand the distress that arises when we are caught in problematic cycles we cannot break on our own. I have been both a therapy client and a therapist, and do this work because I know that therapy makes positive change possible.
My clinical training and experiences shaped the therapeutic orientation I work from. I completed my Master’s Degree at the University of Oregon in Couples and Family Therapy and I have worked in various practice settings including community mental health, eating disorder treatment centers, and in private practice. These experiences have provided me with the knowledge and training to treat a vast array of presenting concerns for persons of diverse identities. It has strengthened my value and belief in the inherent goodness of human beings, something that is so often difficult to see in our chaotic world.
I have learned that most of us do the best we can with what we have, but that many of us do not yet have the tools needed to cope with all the unpredictability that life presents. I also learned that many behaviors makes sense when we take the time to fully understand each person’s experiences, thoughts, feelings, and assumptions. These beliefs guide me to get to know my clients through a lens of compassion and understanding and are paired with extensive clinical training and expertise to create real, long-lasting change.
As it is important to work with a therapist you connect with, I offer 30-minute phone consultations to new clients so that we can get to know each other more and see if we are a good fit to work together.