I'm a licensed psychologist specializing in helping individuals overcome depression, past traumas, and helping people recover from divorce.
975 SE Sandy Blvd
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2007
Do you just want to feel better? Feeling overwhelmed by painful emotions, or feeling numb, empty and robotic as you go about your life? Maybe you have both - you feel like you're going through the motions with little to look forward to, and then you have painful feelings that overwhelm you out of nowhere. Most people I work with also struggle with feeling alone - regardless of whether they are surrounded by people or not.
My primary approach is Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). This is a newer approach to therapy that focuses on the transformation of painful emotions, and this healing is done in relationship. We believe that painful aloneness is core to the experience of human suffering and undoing that aloneness is a main focus of the therapy. I believe in this approach because of the science, but also because it is the kind of therapy I have found most helpful for me, as a client.
My Emotion-Focused Therapy (for individuals) training has roots in the beginning of graduate school and it helps with the processing of emotional problems and healing old wounds. EFT has a strong basis in the science of emotion and therapeutic change. I have completed the Level 1 and Level 2 Emotion-Focused Therapy training with Les Greenberg.
My background in ACT shows up when I help people connect with what they value most and how to live those values in their daily life. I have participated in extensive training in ACT over the years. I am a past President of the Oregon chapter of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences (OACBS), the international organization for ACT practitioners.
Surviving trauma has long lasting effects and most people don't realize how treatable it is. We have a number of effective treatments and I am passionate about helping people recover! I start with a stabilization phase where you learn techniques to regulate emotions, improve relationships and re-engage in life. I then offer reprocessing therapies that can help you leave the past in the past.
Depression is so painful because it affects so many areas of life - often covering everything with a sense of emptiness and making normal tasks so tough. I work on helping you access the emotions underneath the numbing, so you can begin to re-engage in vital living. We also spend time healing longstanding woundings that caused the pain in the first place.
Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can experience. I know because I've been through it. Because of that, I'm passionate about helping people through the divorce and finding healing. On the other side is a happy life - I know because I've seen it so many times. I typically start by processing the pain and loss of divorce before focusing on building a new life that you love.
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