Professional Counselor Associate
Supervisor: Dr. Margaret Eichler, PhD LPC NCC ACS Oregon C2058
You can: grow after abuse or neglect, temper anger, navigate conflict, grieve loss, communicate better--as an individual, family, or group.
1110 SE Alder St #301
Practicing Since: 2021
My clients have experienced childhood or transgenerational trauma, abuse, neglect, and/or systemic oppression; cannot control anger or verbalize feelings; suffer shame; experience religious/spiritual/political change or conflict; and explore creative expression. I connect with students, activists, writers, teachers, techies, and entrepreneurs. I work well with introverted, highly sensitive people and people relating to someone with a personality disorder. I enjoy working with families.
I completed Level I Training in EMDR. I am qualified to use EMDR in sessions to treat issues such as anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma, attachment wounds, and damage from microaggressions. I use EMDR in the context of an eclectic treatment plan. I will also honor the wishes of a client who asks for EMDR treatment specifically to address the repercussions of an acute traumatic experience.
My education at Northwestern University was centered on psychodynamic psychotherapy. It was incorporated into multiple skills courses. In addition, I have trained extensively in psychodynamic group therapy. My practice centers around insight-based therapy, which means we are trying to uncover the roots of feelings, behaviors, and beliefs that are fed by unconscious sources, not exclusively memories but also fantasies and, most of all, unmet or over-met needs.
Anger Management Therapy is a treatment orientation I have done numerous trainings in and use often for my treatment specialties.
I have had enormous success working with anger issues in individuals of all ages. Managing anger means using anger in an adaptive way, when it is constructive in setting boundaries, and not extinguishing it. More important, anger management involves tolerating uncomfortable feelings such as fear and sadness that anger tries to supress. I have trained in anger management from perspectives including EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and somatic psychotherapy.
Trauma is an over-adaption to an overwhelming event (e.g. assault, abuse). PTSD disrupts our capacity to regulate thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and puts us into survival mode. It can leave our relationships and nervous systems in need of repair. Symptoms include intrusive thoughts of harm and distressing memories, being. Yet with adaptation and resilience, most of us are able to grow stronger from the most grievous wounds. I am a Level I Trained EMDR therapist.
Families have a special place in my practice. They can be the most complex units and also the most generative because of their historical trajectory and their emotional and behavioral malleability. I am currently training more extensively in family systems and family structural therapy. I have worked effectively with teenagers and young adults (ages 12-26) as well as parents and grandparents.
Religion & spirituality are potentially helpful or harmful, sources of distress or sustenance. They can restrict us or foster resilience. Broad and open, religion/spirituality can nurture value and connection to other beings and a greater power; narrow and rigid, it can induce anxiety and shame. Interventions will develop internal and external support systems, explore beliefs that induce suffering, enhance joyful feeling, or strengthen social connection. I am versed in Psychedelic Integration.
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