Licensed Professional Counselor
Welcome! I work with adult survivors of childhood trauma who struggle with boundaries and people pleasing behavior. Telehealth in OR and WA.
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2008
I see you: you're exhausted and anxious. You take care of everybody else before yourself and you give so much of your time, energy, and emotional caring. You are ruled by guilt and feel like you can't say "no" to people because you're terrified they will be mad at you or you'll be rejected. You bravely try to suppress your feelings and needs in order to make people around you happy, but sometimes you feel so full of emotion that it just spills out.
This approach recognizes that we all contain many parts and all of them are doing the best they can to protect us and manage our life. Many times our parts have learned protective jobs during traumatic or painful periods, and they continue to do these jobs even when the actual helpfulness has run its course. This work is built on a couple of very important premises: All parts are welcome; All parts have protective intent (even if our behavior seems destructive); We have what we need to heal.
PTSD is treatable! I am always surprised how many people don't know that. This is not something you have to learn to live with or endure. I have been treating PTSD since 2008. I developed a PTSD treatment program for a local health care organization. I am trained in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and IFS, which all are beautiful, evidence based treatments that offer real and meaningful healing.
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