Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
I believe healing is possible for everyone. Therapy can help you find tools and the inner strengths you didn't know you had.
3835 S Kelly Avenue, Suite 280
Portland, OR 97239
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 1985
In this time of uncertainty, many of us are dealing with increased anxiety, depression, isolation and relationship problems. It can be stressful for people working from home, either alone or with partners and sometimes kids they're trying to manage with on-line learning. In this time of pandemic, we are all in the same boat but we all have different reactions to these stressful times.
We all strive for healthy connections in friendship, work and intimate relationships. As a relational therapist, I focus on connection both in the therapeutic relationship and in the outside world. My goal is for my clients to nurture and develop strong, satisfying and empowering connections.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I am always striving to understand the situations and experiences, including early familial relationships, that have shaped my clients' lives. Therapy can illuminate the origins of conscious and unconscious choices, giving us the opportunity for healing and change.
As a writer and a therapist, I am interested in stories. We live our lives based on our histories and the stories we have lived as well as the ones we tell ourselves. I sometimes use writing therapy to access and understand the narratives that have informed my clients' lives. If you know and understand your story, you have choices and it is easier to shape a new one.
I help people with a variety of life transitions. If you have recently experienced a change in relationship, work, or family status, you might be feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious. Therapy can help you make sense of the changes in your life and can also help you make positive choices when embarking on a new path.
As women, we are constantly defining and re-defining ourselves. As we journey through different phases of our lives, we sometimes face challenging decisions and difficult transitions. Therapy can help women develop a stronger identity, increased well-being and a sense of empowerment. Writing therapy can be enormously healing.
Struggles in relationships often have to do with individual stories and histories that are interfering in the present. Therapy can help couples find clarity when navigating an impasse, when trying to decide whether a relationship should continue, and can be effective when a relationship has lost its spark and there is a desire to enliven intimacy and connection.
Gaining an understanding of where the anxiety comes from can be helpful but isn't always enough. I work with clients to increase their emotional sense of safety and self assurance. We also work on strategies to better deal with anxiety-provoking situations.
'In a dark time, the eye begins to see' The poet, Theodore Roethke, recognized the opportunities available even in our most troubled moments. When you feel boxed in, therapy can help you find your way out of the tunnel into the light again. Healing is always possible.
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