Licensed Professional Counselor
Helping you take care of your mental health, personal growth, and relationships. I use a collaborative, skilled, & kind-hearted approach.
14523 Westlake Dr
Lake Oswego, 97035
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2008
My clients are looking to move away from avoidant behaviors and more fully engage with their lives. They are juggling work stress, family dynamics, parenting, or major life transitions such as a new career or post-college life. Couples who are looking to reconnect, be proactive, and regain a sense of partnership. I’m humbled by my clients’ vulnerability and willingness to examine their lives and make changes that make sense for them. They're focusing on their mental health and self-care.
Our therapeutic relationship is the most important predictor of success in therapy. My main focus is creating an environment where you feel heard, validated, and have a safe space to express your thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Together we can move towards having more connection, vulnerability and authenticity in your relationships.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy aims to become more cognitively flexible, more engaged in the present, take committed action steps towards change, and become more connected to your personal values. It centers around finding ways to live more intentionally in the moment and act in ways that are more helpful to yourself.
Emotion Focused Therapy can be used for couples as well as individuals. EFT focuses on becoming more aware of emotions and learning to label, allow, experience, transform, and regulate emotions. For couples, EFT helps to create a more secure bond between partners and shifts interactions and dynamics in a more positive, affirming direction.
Our early childhood relationships and experiences provide a blueprint for how we see ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Is this world safe? Am I alone or can I rely on others? Can I find trustworthy people? It can be extremely helpful to know what your attachment style has been in your life and also hold onto hope that you can move into a place of security with others.
In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, we take a look at how your thoughts, emotions and behaviors interact and effect one another. It helps identify unhealthy ways of thinking and replace them with more beneficial thoughts that are in our own best interest. You’ll learn tools to practice outside of session in a practical, helpful way.
Focusing on your own personal growth can be an exciting, daunting, liberating, and insightful time. It’s some of my favorite kind of work and collaborate and partner with! It’s a time to develop insights, pause and reflect, be more intentional with your time, and focus on goals that maybe you’ve been putting off but are feeling that now is the time to make changes.
I work with couples who are wanting to increase their sense of vulnerability, partnership and security with one another. I also work with couples who are blending families and navigating being previously divorced. I use Emotion-Focused Therapy and the Gottman Method as well as my experience as a stepparent to inform my practice.
Life is full of adjusting to changing circumstances. These are the adjustment issues I often run into in my practice: moving to a new city, a break-up or divorce, a career change, becoming a parent or empty-nester, graduating college, just to name a few!
Most of us have some degree of anxiety, so you’re not alone! For some it can be debilitating or take control of your mind. I work with my clients on processing situations both past and present that create anxiety and identify skills to shift mindsets, be more relaxed, and be more connected to the present instead of feeling highjacked by anxiety.
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