Licensed Professional Counselor
Greetings! I love being a licensed Professional counselor and I look forward to helping you on your journey to be your best self.
2304 E Burnside
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2006
Many struggle with finding their optimal balance of emotional and physical well being at different periods in their life. When finding balance is complicate by mental illness, addiction, chronic pain, or loss, life can feel unbearable. I believe that regardless of what barriers arise, every person is capable of taking steps towards feeling more fulfilled in life. My experience of trauma and loss as a teen and learning how to work through hard times helps me connect with clients on a deep level.
I have participated in numerous CBT trainings and continue to learn about and practice this treatment approach. I have found that it is very effective for most clients and have seen positive results.
Chronic Pain can be so frustrating and exhausting. It often leads to symptoms of depression and /or increased use of medication that can make the condition worse and lead to overuse. From my own experience with chronic pain as well as from working at a chronic pain management center, I have learned the pain management skills that appear to best provide relief and maximize functioning. I focus on the cognitive aspects and thought processes that can help decrease pain.
I am a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked with individuals with Alcohol Abuse and Dependence and opioid dependence in an inpatient hospital detox setting as well as in an outpatient settings. In the early stages of recovery, it is important for the person to work with a team of professionals that includes a doctor and I will be part of that team. I help people who are considering decreasing their drug use or who want to learn skills and techniues to maintain their sobriety.
Symptoms of PTSD often cause distress, impaired functioning and can negatively impact personal relationships, the ability to work and the ability to participate in social activities that used to be enjoyable. Unhealthy coping skills such as increased drug or alcohol use are not uncommon. By learning healthier coping skills, relaxation techniques, and new ways of thinking, relief is possible.
Anxiety disorders are fairly common but can at times be very uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating. I most often treat individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. I find that by teaching clients about Cognitive Distortions, behavioral coping strategies, mindfulness techniques, and stress reduction techniques, anxiety symptoms can be managed.
Depression is an often overwhelming condition that affects a person emotionally and physically. For those who have not suffered from this illness, it is hard to explain how it feels. I believe that Depression is manageable with or without medication, depending on the individual. I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients cope with and ultimately alleviate depression symptoms.
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