Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
MS, LPC Intern
Supervisor: Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC & Dr. Deanna Cor, LPC
My passion is facilitating my clients' journeys to connection and alignment with their true selves.
4313 NE Tillamook St
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2018
I work with clients who are looking to fully explore and understand themselves, and find deep and lasting change (not just quick solutions). I love to help clients find their voice and align with themselves. My clients are overwhelmingly part of the queer or polyamorous communities, whether established or just beginning their exploration. As a progressive, artistic person, I often find myself supporting clients who are artists or activists.
Attachment theory helps us untangle the complex web of early learning that can make engaging in fulfilling adult relationships difficult and painful. I hold special training in a method called Experiential Attachment, which naturally elicits the infant/caregiver attachment system, allowing for examination of early attachment wounding and engagement in a process of repair.
I hold an intersectional feminist worldview, which means that I look not just at individual circumstances that impede personal growth, but also effects of systemic oppression fostered by a culture of white supremacy, patriarchy, homophobia and ableism. I hold all worldviews with gentleness and respect, but this perspective is foundational in my own understanding of the larger context of our work.
Hakomi uses mindfulness to go towards your “core material,” or deeply ingrained beliefs about yourself and the world. By uncovering and examining these beliefs, we aim to discard inaccurate beliefs that no longer serve you, and gain new, life affirming experiences that help you understand the truth of yourself and the world, thereby living in alignment with each.
Exploring your relationship values can help you ground into what you really want and need, and create the relationship orientation that is right for you. I have knowledge of many different types and styles of polyamory, non-monogamy, and open relationships. I hold the belief that any type of relationship can be healthy with the consent and honestly of all partners.
My clients come from all walks of life, but I especially enjoy serving my clients from the queer community. For me, queerness is just another part of who you are, not part of 'the problem.' I aim to understand your unique story, but I won't need you to teach me the basics. Or, if you are still exploring, I can provide an open, non-pressuring environment to do so.
I seek to hold space for you wherever you are on your journey of exploring your gender identity. I view gender as existing outside of a binary system. Although I hold a cisgender identity, I have made efforts to obtain specialized training to assist trans/nb folks meet their mental health needs, including training in writing letters of support for gender-affirming medical interventions.
Feelings of not being enough are often at the roots of depression and anxiety. Low self-worth can hold you back from leading the life you want, or pursuing the jobs and relationships you deserve. I use a combination of self-compassion techniques, and mindful exploration of your own intuitive knowing, to elicit and ground in your internal sense of self-worth.
I work with folks who struggle with depression or anxiety, but know that there's more than this. Depression can be a deeply painful, and often chronic experience. I go further than surface level quick fixes for depression, and believe that full and lasting change is possible.
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