Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
LMFT, CGACII, CADCI
Life is challenging, but you don’t have to face it alone. My intention is to support you in cultivating a life you live from wholeness.
1675 SW Marlow Ave
Portland, Oregon 97225
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2013
Languages: English, Español
Are you troubled by your relationship to alcohol or other substances? Maybe it’s behaviors that keep drawing you in like gambling, doom scrolling, or spending? Do you find it difficult to connect with other people and feel loneliness even in a crowded room? You might be feeling alone in your relationship? Or you’re in a relationship that’s feeling stuck. Does your sadness seem to come from nowhere? Or maybe you’re feeling anxious and are ready for those horrible sensations to go away?
Sensorimotor Therapy is body-based talk therapy, integrating current findings from neuroscience and attachment theory to transform traumatic memories into strengths and resources for you. It works with developmental trauma, such as overly critical parents, as well as acute trauma like abuse, violence, or serious physical injury. With a big focus on mindfulness, appropriate pacing, and trusting the wisdom of your body, Sensorimotor Therapy can help re-negotiate your relationship with your body.
ACT helps us learn what is important to you by clarifying your values. We use your values to take committed action that helps you experience more satisfaction and integrity in your life. We get acquainted with your ways coping and the impact these have on your life without judgment. In this process you develop the psychological flexibility that will help you become more resilient and confident in you life, and help you gain clarity in what's important to you and how to go after it.
Motivational Interviewing is a modality that allows you to be right where you are in the process of change. It honors that while you may aspire to change something, you may not be ready to take concrete actions toward change and that is perfectly fine. MI supports the conversation in resolving ambivalence by getting clear about the costs and benefits of change. It is a non-violent approach that makes a lot of room for what is and for finding those opportunities when change is most possible.
Learning to train our minds to develop awareness, insight, concentration and equanimity can have profound impacts on your life. From helping with symptoms of anxiety and depression to supporting trauma healing, mindfulness is a foundational tool in the work I facilitate with clients. This does not mean you have to develop a meditation practice, but if that is interesting to you we can do that too.
I am trained as a Marriage Therapist and use a combination of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman Method, and Sensorimotor Therapy to support couples in healing attachment injuries to develop a more attuned and satisfying relationship. Together we learn how to navigate conflict in a way that is productive and connecting rather than sweeping things under the rug and avoiding unspoken subjects. My goal is to help couples turn toward each other and develop trust and attunement.
I am familiar with 12-step, recovery dharma, refuge recovery, wellbriety, recovery 2.0, and SMART recovery models and practices. I use therapeutic supports in tandem with community supports to develop an individually tailored recovery plan that can create a strong foundation toward a sustainable recovery. We will also explore potential process addictions (addiction is sneaky) and address trauma. We go at your pace and take the steps you are ready to take toward the goals that matter to you.
I have worked with people dealing with gambling addiction since 2013. Most recently supervising an outpatient and residential treatment program for people navigating recovery from disordered gambling. Gambling disorder is different from other addictions, and it's these differences that are important to your treatment if you want it to be successful. We will explore issues like: money, dream world, shame, stigma. We go at your pace and take steps you are ready to take toward your goals.
I am Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 trained and take a somatic approach to working with trauma symptoms. Together we will use the guidance and wisdom of your body to develop resources to lower the unpleasant sensations that trauma symptoms can bring. When appropriate we can process traumatic memory to let go of outdated ways of being in your body. Trauma treatment can provide transformative experiences that allow your nervous system in ways that feel strengthening and relieving.
Having experienced many of the symptoms of COVID earlier this year, I have significant experience with being ill and having to navigate these times. The uncertainty and fear created by this global pandemic has created a new opportunity to explore our abilities to be resilient in the face of the unknown. I can support you in developing skills and practices that can keep you grounded and balanced.
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