Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
MA, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Supervisor: Jessica Thomas, PhD, LMFT
Hello! It's not always easy to reach out for help, but I’m so glad you’re considering taking that brave step. Let's talk.
1835 SE 50th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2021
Are you wanting more connection with the world around you, but feel trapped by past wounds or narratives that make you want to hide away? Are you a person who has been told they are too sensitive, and are struggling to make sense of your unique way of relating to the world? Are you working through family-of-origin wounds, walking through grief, or are you and your partner navigating conflict in your relationship? For these issues and others, I would love to walk alongside you on your journey.
We put a lot of pressure on our romantic relationships - we are expected to be everything to each other. We idealize our partners and then struggle with disillusionment. This is a lot to navigate and it's easy to lose sight of each other and lose sight of that initial spark. In couples therapy, I support and encourage you in opening up to a different kind of experience with your partner, as well as developing the skills needed to build an authentic, interdependent connection.
Attachment theory is my main theoretical orientation and informs most of the work I do. I believe that we are all wired for connection and need it for survival - as a result, our relationships are essential, yet we often have relational wounds that can make it hard for us to connect, all the way down to the nervous system level. As such, it is central to our well-being to be able to explore and understand our patterns and learn to attend to those deep needs.
I utilize parts work and aspects of IFS extensively in my work. We all contain multitudes, as the saying goes. Our inner protectors can use a variety of tactics to keep us safe, but these can often cause us trouble in other ways. In therapy we work to bring insight and voice to those multitudes we contain within us, and we also, importantly, work to build a stronger connection to your core self to allow you more agency to take back the reins and develop self-trust.
Are you healing from family-of-origin or relational wounds that have led you to suppress your true self to please others? Do you put others ahead of you, to the detriment of your own needs? Are you struggling to figure out who you are, what you want, and how to live an authentic life that is still full of love and connection? In therapy, we'll work to untangle the old stories keeping us stuck, and work toward transcending them.
In couples and relationship therapy, I will compassionately challenge you to identify and grow from your well-worn patterns and do the brave work of stepping into more authentic connection with your partner. Healing comes when it is meant to, and often when we least expect it. Sometimes we have to move through the muck and the messiness for awhile before we reach moments of breakthrough. I provide a safe and positive container for you to move through difficulty and into deeper relationship.
To grieve is to love. We might grieve the end of an era of our lives, the end of an important relationship, or the death of a loved one. We might grieve events occurring in our world that feel out of our control, or we could be experiencing griefs we are struggling to name but that we still feel acutely. I have supported clients of many ages in navigating grief and loss, and I lean on existential and transpersonal psychology in my work in this area in particular, in addition to attachment.
Sometimes, we find ourselves lost in the universe. Maybe we have lost touch with our spirituality after spiritual abuse, but are still longing for a connection to something greater. Maybe we are unpacking old, limiting, or oppressive beliefs from our religious, spiritual, political, or community groups, and are unsure of where to find our authentic intuition, spirituality, and integrity. I work to support clients in building an authentic connection to what is true for them, without shame.
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