Licensed Professional Counselor
LPC, CRC, CADC I
Are you feeling stuck in your life or in your current relationship? I am here to help explore and build healthier communication patterns.
5319 SW Westgate Dr.
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2013
I am experienced and open to working with heterosexual, LGBTQ relationships, support around dating, parenting teen issues, chronic illness, and substance abuse disorders. In individual sessions, I will teach you ways to set boundaries, show up compassionately for self and others, how to use grounding techniques to soothe yourself when you are activated, and identify areas in life where you are struggling.
My private practice is currently comprised of 40% couples, 60% individuals. I am passionate about working with relationships as the relationship is in the room in front of me, and I can see parties making small changes that enhance their relationships immensely. I have specific training in EFT couples therapy, and weave in John Gottman's research and evidence based practices for each.
Motivational Interviewing helps to address ambivalence in a person's quest to reduce substance use. There is a part of you that knows you need to cut down usage...yet you also need that substance as a security blanket or a coping strategy. Motivational interviewing helps us to address this.
I am trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples through Edwards Psychotherapy in Portland. In EFT I will teach you how to access your primary emotions (IE sadness, fear) that are underlying secondary defensive reactions (resentment, jealousy). Once a person can communicate their primary emotion to a partner, it helps to increase connection and attachment. We will also do enactments in session which heighten emotion and also build connection and attachment.
During our sessions we will review what is working and what is not working. We will identify your negative interaction cycle in the relationship, taking steps to break it down and improve it. I have completed an EFT couples training as well as participate in an EFT couples consultation group. I weave in Gottman strategies, as well as PACT to build support. I am also a big fan of Esther Perel so integrate her work into our sessions. I believe humor can be an important part of therapy as well.
Are you co-dependent in your relationship? I can help you to identify the warning signs of a one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive relationship. Together we can rebuild your identity and self worth, weaving in self compassion and exploration of your family of origin, as well as necessary boundary work.
I have worked with numerous LGBTQ clients with varying issues over the course of my career, and am extremely comfortable with appropriate language, and offering a climate of total support without judgement. All parts of you are welcome here. I have worked with many LGBTQ+ relationships in couples or poly relationships.
I have extensive experience working with alcohol abuse/dependence and drug addiction after working in an inpatient program for years. If you are struggling with either of these issues, I can help you recognize triggers, deal with relapse, and provide support for your recovery.
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