Over the past 20 years in the mental health field I have worked broadly with children, adolescents, adults, and families. This has included work in psychiatric day treatment programs, community mental health, residential treatment, psychiatric facilities, and forensic settings.
I earned my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University after earning a masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Western Seminary. My doctoral training included emphases on child/adolescent psychology and forensic psychology. I completed an APA accredited internship in an adolescent psychiatric facility and a forensic post-doctoral fellowship in child abuse treatment/response center. I subsequently worked with the New York City Family Court to provide forensic psychological evaluations in child abuse/maltreatment cases. In addition to therapy, I currently provide psychological assessment services to children in foster care.
I am a licensed psychologist in New York and Oregon.
My Approach to Helping
We humans have an innate drive towards growth and health and expansion. Over time and throughout life, this natural drive is often hampered through difficult experiences and problematic "lessons" we learn from others. When this occurs, we become cut-off from our experiences, cut off from our hopes, cut-off from our needs, cut-off from ourselves, and cut-off from others. Unfortunately, this process is often less-than-conscious and occurs outside of our awareness, leaving us bored, dissatisfied, isolated, stuck, anxious, and depressed.
As a therapist, I work hard to co-create an ongoing dialogue with my clients in which they can become safely become aware of their experiences, hopes, needs, and desires without fear of judgement. Often, this newly developed awareness in itself is healing.