We often find ourselves stuck in unfulfilling patterns. Disappointed with ourselves, our friends, partners, families - we seek ways to cope, not thrive. Talking through these challenges with an intuitive, empathic therapist is a helpful way to move forward.
2705 E. Burnside St.
Portland, Oregon 97214
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2005
Fighting and withdrawing are inevitable in a relationship. However, partners can learn tools to work through the damage they create; turning opposition into opportunities. In couples therapy, I reframe conflict for partners, transforming fighting or withdrawing into productive conversations. These conversations help to illuminate a healthy direction for the partnership.
I create a safe space for self-exploration by integrating humor with close attention to building rapport. While maintaining a warm, curious, and non-judgmental stance, I help you look deeply at your internalized narrative, creating opportunities to build a stronger, more positive self.
Primarily my cognitive-behavioral interventions, include exposure with response prevention, cognitive restructuring, relaxation training, social skills training, and stress management. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most widely researched and evidence-based form of goal oriented therapy; CBT is significantly helpful for depression, anxiety, ocd and acute stress.
A significant area of my work includes the many years of working in the field of substance abuse and the therapeutic services needed to support alcohol and substance abusers. I am drawn to work with those who are confused or suffering with substance abuse/addiction and the affect it has on the relationships around them.
An adolescent experiences and expresses their feelings differently from adults. I help each build tools for communication and expression to cope with a range of challenges, from a major life change such as parental divorce or death to struggles in school, relationship problems, low self-esteem, sexuality, peer pressure, or adjusting to a new school or home.
Couple's Therapy can be sought for a multitude of reasons and one member of the couple may be more in favor than the other to seek out professional help. This is not unusual. I work with couples who are dating, married, same-sex, separating, divorcing, co-parenting-I believe that relationships are 'co-created' by the influence of each partner on the other and on the couplehood of the relationship.
Anxiety disorders are marked by excessive worries, fear and even dread. If you suffer with these fears and worries, I will help you to ground yourself so that you can gain a new perspective and distance from the immediacy of your present concerns. We’ll also work together to help you learn how to comfortably self-regulate and self-soothe when you are feeling distressed.
I work with clients who feel they are not reaching their potential because of anxiety or depression. It is invaluable to understand how you have managed to, on some level, navigate your challenges up to this point. Through Cognitive / Exploratory methods I help facilitate an awareness and acceptance of your difficulties towards thoughtful, positive, mindful actions in the present.
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