Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
Supervisor: Stephen Keeley, LPC & Deah Baird, ND, LPC
Find hope, empathy, and care for your relationship(s)
503 974 0120
Provides free initial consultation
I focus on relationships. I am passionate about bringing empathy, hope and care to couples, nonmonogamous partnerships, gender-nonconforming, and kink identifying folks. I am here to join you and affirm all parts of your identity and experience.
We all get into patterns based on our attachment histories. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) supports relationships (couples, nonmonogamous partners, friends) in getting to the heart of what is causing ongoing conflicts or difficult stuck points. Using EFT, we can slow down and uncover our attachment dance, find more authentic connection, and move toward relationship repair.
Mindfulness can mean a lot of different things. In therapy, I will invite you to slow down and notice different parts of your experience: thoughts, emotions, body sensations, impulses, etc. Cultivating mindfulness will help us to explore and welcome all parts of you. Mindfulness-based care will work to increase self-awareness, self-compassion, resiliency, and strength.
Using this mindful, somatic approach, we will connect with conscious and unconscious parts of your experience. As we explore your experience, I may invite you to experiment with different approaches to connecting with yourself and your emotions. This method of care can help you connect to deeper core material and change limiting beliefs.
When we discover and learn to honor our needs, we are able to bring more authenticity into our relationships. When we discover the needs of our partners, we are able to be in true collaboration with them. I will use tools from NVC in order to support you in finding your relational autonomy, communicating your needs, and learning how to collaborate around your stuck points.
When stuck in a challenging pattern of conflict, it can be hard to maintain hope. I am passionate about supporting monogamous and ethically non-monogamous partners in rediscovering connection, trust, communication and care. Whether you're facing an affair, or can't seem to figure out why you keep fighting about the dishes, or are struggling with sexual intimacy, or are facing metamour anxiety, I am here to help you get unstuck. I truly believe that intimate relationships can be life-affirming.
It can feel so hard to find a space to get support for your non-monogamous identity/relationships - as a polyamorous therapist, I know that first-hand. I am committed to affirming your identity as we work together to support and heal your relationships. Whether you're facing attachment insecurity in your non-monogamy, or just can't seem to figure out why you keep repeating the same arguments, I am here to help.
As a nonbinary therapist, I am so passionate about uplifting, empowering, and validating your gender and experience. It can feel impossible to find a safe and affirming space to get support around your gender identity. Whether or not you feel that your challenges are connected to your gender identity, it might feel important to know that your therapist supports and affirms all of you.
Personal Growth, Polyamorous and Open Relationships, Relationship / Marriage Issues
Maybe you’ve tried Ethical Non-Monogamy and encountered personal, emotional, and relational challenges. Maybe you’re figuring out if alternative relationship styles are right for you. PolyCurious is a support group that provides valuable information around engaging in ENM while embracing your unique lived experience. This group is designed for folks who want support, skills, and insight into navigating the natural, and sometimes painful, emotional responses that can emerge from nonmonogamy.
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