LCSW and LSSW (Licensed School Social Worker)
I support adolescents and adults as they respond to and create changes, moving closer to actualizing what they most want in life.
Portland, , 97214
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2011
I work with adults who are facing challenges that block them from their preferred lives. Together we explore what gets in the way-- recognizing how feelings, like anxiety, can be informative and quieted. I specialized in working with adolescents, particularly school challenges. I help you figure out how to creatively approach challenges that schools and life presents. Working together with families and schools, we create the supportive environment needed.
People’s life stories, and past family experiences deeply affect current relationships. The therapeutic relationship is a safe place to explore interpersonal styles. My relationship with my client is central to our work.
We learn about ourselves from stories our families, cultures, and societies tell. Some narratives are oppressive, limiting our possibilities and potentials. Others empower us, highlighting successes and strengths. I love helping people uncover incidents that shed light on unique qualities and experiences. Together, we co-author truer narratives that guide us to our potentials.
Even when we grow independent, we never really leave behind the shaping influences of family. I help clients consider these influences, and their effects on adult life and relationships. When working with adolescents, I aim to increase connections and communication with family members, often involving them in counseling sessions.
Adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and change. Sometimes teens benefit from exploring problems within a trusting therapeutic relationship. Some concerns young people bring: depression, anxiety, concerns about peers, sexuality/sexual identify, pressure to achieve, worries about the future, school / home challenges, substance use, self-harm, referrals from school counselors and doctors.
Most of my clients, especially adolescent and young adults, are challenged by anxious thoughts and feelings. Increasing self-awareness is the first step. Together, we figure out how to identify anxiety before it escalates. We practice cognitive and mindfulness techniques to apply during difficult times. Learning these tools is invaluable for the constant changes that life brings.
Depression can take away the passion for life, dulling the senses and stripping away meaning. At times, depression can be completely debilitating. I help people explore their history and experiences with depressed feelings, uncovering the causes, and finding ways to get relief. When in the grips of depression, it can feel like you are stuck in a dark hole. I can help you climb out.
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