Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I specialize in helping adults improve their relationships with themselves and others using a trauma-informed and collaborative approach.
Portland Collaborative Therapy
3939 NE Hancock Street
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2012
I provide individual therapy to adults on issues relating to: anxiety, depression, people-pleasing, codependency, extreme empathy, self-judgement, spiritual abuse (cult) recovery, trauma, grief, and relationship dissatisfaction. I can support you to cultivate self-compassion, develop healthy coping skills, learn effective communication tools, and build confidence to change patterns and heal.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based therapy that helps people recover from trauma, anxiety, phobias, negative self-image, and more. It uses bilateral stimulation to aid in processing trauma stored in your nervous system. It’s a great way to address deep-rooted feelings that haven’t shifted through talk therapy. I have been using EMDR since 2015 and have specialized training in attachment-focused EMDR as well.
Nonviolent Communication (or NVC for short) provides tools for accessing our own feelings and needs with compassion, and being able to communicate with others in a skillful way. It is an excellent toolkit for those looking to improve their relationships with themselves and others.
I offer proactive, individual counseling to help you uproot and transcend negative self-beliefs, insecurities, and past traumas that leave you feeling stuck and overwhelmed. I support clients to cultivate self-compassion, develop healthy coping skills, learn effective communication tools, and build confidence to change patterns and heal.
Relationships can be very confusing. I can help you demystify the dynamics in your relationships and give you tools for building relationships with better boundaries, healthier communication, and more intimacy.
Being a deeply caring and empathetic person can make it difficult to figure out how to maintain healthy boundaries in relationships and often leads to burnout and resentment. I enjoy helping people with high amounts of empathy figure out how to build confidence in themselves, maintain compassion for others, and develop the life-serving boundaries and skills needed to have thriving relationships.
I can help you build a toolbox of coping skills and strategies for managing anxiety. I draw from CBT, mindfulness and trauma therapy techniques in my work. Together we can also find ways to identify and work through the origins of your anxieties and insecurities so you can find peace and confidence in the present.
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