Licensed Professional Counselor
Stepping into sessions, you are mindfully creating moments of transformation. I provide counseling for those who are looking to nurture connections and dive deep into their own experiences. We will use skill building to help you reach goals, and co-create practices that help you thrive.
2306 NE Glisan St, Ste 200
Portland, OR 97232
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2015
I bring experience from ecopsychology research, trainings, and passion for integrating nature into daily life. Since the beginning of my career, have been supported by ecotherapy mentors and supervisors who have encouraged me to explore the ways nature can be brought into the therapy room. This has evolved into creating ecotherapy collections and activities unique in my therapeutic practice.
I value mindfulness as a part of daily life, and I have participated in many retreats and mindful practices. It was a perfect match when my clinical internship taught me the process of leading mindfulness for others, and integrating mindfulness as one of the primary DBT skills. Applying formal and informal mindfulness into daily life helps connect one with community, self, and feeling alive.
I have been trained and supervised by programs specializing in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Within sessions, we discuss mindfulness and skill building to identify and understand emotions and difficult interactions. It is my belief that by actively applying DBT strategies, individuals become empowered, and thus more able to create an atmosphere promoting the achievement of personal goals.
I am confident and skilled in approaching and supporting the difficult subject of suicidal idealization. I am a crisis response counselor for a local county, and am trained in ASIST and Safety planning for adults and adolescents. I approach suicidal idealization and self-harm with a balance of empathy, concern, and hope.
My structure of therapy follows Judith Herman’s theory of care for Complex Trauma's such as war and recurrent abuse. Her theory addresses steps to process trauma which specifically bring into awareness factors of time, relationship, and safety. I understand how traumatic events can surface into someone’s daily life as symptoms of nightmares, self-harm, depression, and/or anxiety.
Since 2007, I have developed a style of skill building and supportive therapy for those who identify with the Autism Spectrum. Many of these individuals have learning differences or extra sensory abilities. By learning skills to navigate difficult social interactions, individuals with Asperger’s become empowered to apply their strengths towards their personal goals and the growth of society.
Depression is a common experience of many individuals in our culture due to trauma, expectations, and the value of individualism. Approaching depression with ecotherapy creates opportunities for reconnecting with the authentic self, the earth, and your community. I also recognize the struggle in depression by emphasizing safety planning for suicidal ideation and strengthening protective factors.
Aspergers, Child or Adolescent Issues
FIRE Circle, is a therapeutic group that sparks conversations among youth who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum. The group creates space for youth to process presented topics while intentionally cultivating peer support and social skills. Together, we will recognize our own potential by exploring assumptions we have of ourselves and assumptions often put upon those with a diagnosis.
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