Licensed Professional Counselor
LPC, CADC I
I am a trauma recovery therapist with extensive experience in the healing and recovery field.
809 N Russell St
809 N Russell St
Portland, Oregon 97227
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2019
Healing is a journey. For some, "healing" means reversing years of trauma, and for others it means 'getting out of my own head' or 'getting un-stuck.' For everyone, the path to healing is a difficult one, and it is lighter, easier, more meaningful when others join in with you. To you who have tried to go it alone, I invite you to reach out. Connecting with a counselor is a way to get un-stuck in your journey towards health, to bring healing to those deeper places of hurt.
After years of working in intensive residential treatment, I have extensive experience working with groups, individuals using a number of modalities / interventions -- I am able to custom design a treatment plan for you, no matter where you are in your recovery journey, based on both my professional and personal, lived experience in mental health / substance use recovery.
I find that counseling very much lends itself to developing a regular practice of "being." Mindfulness-based interventions are just one of the ways that I support clients on their journey to healing, and I find that integrating DBT, meditation / mindfulness, and related practice are an excellent foundation for an ongoing healing and wellness program.
I have completed the required training in order to be certified as an EMDR therapist. I am able to implement the EMDR tools in session alongside the other theories and tools in order to address trauma and other related symptoms.
The journey to healing is so much about relationship, and the "theory of attachment" is a wonderful way to put into words how we relate to everything in our world. I use the language of attachment alongside the other modalities in order for couples, individuals, groups to understand how and why they relate they way they do. This awareness allows us to adjust how we relate, and in doing so, move towards healing and health.
Trauma is confusing, it's disconnecting, disorienting. Reversing trauma means re-developing and re-learning safety, trusting one's body cues, listening one's thoughts and feelings. It's a long journey, but it's well worth it. I have years of experience working with the most acute cases of PTSD, and I can say with confidence I have honed the skills to help clients move towards healing in this area.
"Spirituality" hits at the core of the self, and can inspire everything from dread, shame, to joy and belonging. When this area is wounded, it is that much heavier and more difficult to ask for help. In this area, I have extensive training, background, and experience. My hope in that is to help you articulate the pain, the loss, the joys, the meaning, identity, and everything that is 'touched' by spirituality, in order that you may experience progress towards health and healing.
"Anxiety" was something I experienced as "normal" until I started to put it into words. It was through my own healing journey that I realized there are other ways to be, think, and feel -- imagine if you could "let your guard down," enjoy every moment, and embrace what's coming. Through a combination of cognitive, somatic, and story-based interventions, you can move towards a more balanced, less anxious, more enjoyable way of being in the world.
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