Licensed Professional Counselor
I'm a professional counselor that practices in SW Portland. I have a special interest in working with survivors of sexual abuse and rape. I also work with clients on relationship issues, general anxiety, social anxiety, and depression. I enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds.
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2014
Attachment theory is really useful in helping clients understand why they struggle in relationships, how their past is involved, and what they can do about it. If you find yourself pushing your partners away, clinging to them, avoiding letting people in, or feel like you're being abandoned every time your partner leaves, you may gain some insight by knowing what your attachment style is.
I draw principles and strategies from numerous types of counseling including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based, holistic, humanistic, motivational, coaching, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), existential, the Gottman method, narrative, and psychoanalytic. Because people are so diverse, different strategies work for different people, and it's helpful to have options.
CBT is for those clients who want practical solutions for their struggles. Issues that are well suited to CBT include anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, negative thinking patterns, low motivation, body image issues, unhealthy coping mechanisms, addiction, among others. CBT is all about changing clients' unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and emotions.
As a survivor myself, I have done extensive work and research around all types of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, etc.). Many clients who have experienced abuse struggle with relationships, mood swings, boundaries, trust and vulnerability, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and a lot more. Sometimes it's nice to work with someone who understands your struggles on a personal and professional level.
Since beginning my career as a counselor, I have worked extensively with women of all walks of life, on a variety issues, including abuse (i.e., physical, sexual, emotional, etc.), rape, sexual assault, body issues, attachment, codependency, relationships, self-esteem, career counseling, empowerment, sexual issues, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, assertiveness, motivation, addiction, and more.
As an affirming counselor, I have worked with many clients within the LGBTQI+ community on issues such as gender identity and dysphoria, discrimination and harassment, sexuality, low self-esteem, transitioning, unhealthy coping mechanisms, family issues, relationship dynamics (poly- and non-monogamous couples welcome), depression, anxiety, addiction, empowerment, career issues, etc.
PTSD is one of the most common disorders I work with, whether it be caused by childhood sexual abuse, or a horrific accident, etc. I have worked with many clients with PTSD who struggle to cope with flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, mood swings, depression, self-loathing, distorted beliefs, triggers, anxiety, trust issues, unhelpful coping mechanisms, dissociation, impulsivity, insomnia, etc.
I have worked with many different forms of anxiety such as phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, performance anxiety, school/workplace anxiety, etc. Treating anxiety involves identifying feared situations, assessing and reframing unhelpful thinking patterns and beliefs, and slowly and carefully desensitizing you to your feared situations so they no longer control you.
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