Licensed Professional Counselor
LPC (OR and Tx) LMHC (WA)
I am a former management consultant, current anxiety-disorders specialist, and mother to three young children and two dogs.
4017 NE Flanders Street
Suite B (behind main building)
1428 SE 19th Avenue, Suite F
Portland, Oregon 97214
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2011
Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Interfaith, Multifaith
Clients who like my practice and find it different than previous therapy experiences tell me that I'm directive, involve them as an equal partner in their treatment, I educate them about mental health concepts in general, and push them to be compassionate and loving with themselves while they push hard to change their lives. I help people feel "normal," learn to live better with their anxiety, and manage it long-term.
I use both mindfulness and values interventions from ACT to help clients develop lifelong skills to live with their own brains (that are sometimes doing super unpleasant things) more effectively.
CBT is a very evidence-based approach to changing your behavior, thereby changing your thoughts. I rarely use CBT in isolation (I like to combine it with ACT) but CBT techniques are still my go-to approach for many common anxiety challenges.
Some of my clients need support in exploring their values, career directions, or simply making progress in a part of their life they feel stuck on. I use an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to coaching, whether it's career coaching, ADHD coaching, or partner coaching for the loved ones of people with OCD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, etc.
OCD includes Illness Anxiety Disorder/HealthAnxiety/hypochondriasis, obsessions, compulsions, skin and hair picking, and some other types of more severe anxiety you might not know are in the OCD cluster. This is another area where I've done a lot of specialized training.
Anxiety is my primary speciality, whether it's situational stress, or debilitating OCD, I've focused most of my career on treating anxiety!
In addition to the career counseling training we're required to have as Nationally Certified Counselors/LPCs/LMHCs, I had a whole career in management consulting and HR before becoming a mental health counselor. I can definitely help with career and work related issues.
I help current and aspiring professional women navigate gender issues in the workplace and in their families. I offer client-centric, culturally-informed support that helps women act congruently with their values around issues of gender.
While I am a mom of three, I don't put my own parenting values on my clients. My objective in working with parents is to help them discover their own parenting values and to live those values to the greatest extent possible, given the incredible juggling act parenting is. I am an imperfect parent too and I try to help my clients struggling in this job be the best imperfect version of themselves.
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