Licensed Professional Counselor
Welcome! I am part of a collective of LGBT-affirming therapists. Visit our website at spectrumcounselingpdx.com for more information.
4531 SE Belmont St.
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2012
We are committed to providing affordable, accessible counseling services to diverse members of the community, with a special focus on clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, queer, and questioning.
We are creatures of love, and when we feel disconnected from others, we suffer. In therapy, I use attachment theory to help a person explore how their early family relationships (or lack thereof) shaped their ways of relating to others in adulthood. This type of therapy is especially useful for those who have been through childhood or family trauma.
Many people come to therapy because of problems in their relationships with others--such as partners, parents, children, relatives, bosses, classmates, and co-workers. We can't change these people, but we can change how we respond to them. In interpersonal therapy, we explore your relationship patterns, and try out new ways of communicating and expressing your needs.
Our thoughts and behaviors can keep us trapped in cycles that prevent us from moving forward. I use CBT approaches to help clients recognize and change these cycles. I am also trained in trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT). This is a treatment that has some similarities to EMDR, and is equally as effective.
I am affiliated with The Association for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling. I have more than 50 hours of class training on LGBTQ issues in counseling. I have worked with LGBTQ clients at every stage of the lifespan, from children to older adults. I also provide consulting to other professionals.
Did you know that up to 60% of the population has experienced significant, debilitating anxiety? It's one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. If you're suffering with anxiety, there is hope, and therapy is very effective. I treat anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, OCD, and Panic Disorder, with an approach specifically tailored for each person. I use interpersonal therapy, CBT interventions (including trauma-focused CBT), and somatic therapy in my work.
Mental health professionals have long realized that children and adolescents need different approaches to therapy than adults do. I have worked with hundreds of children and teens and I understand their unique development, needs, and limitations. I also know that the most proven effective therapy for a young person includes the family's participation.
Maybe that feeling that something doesn't feel right with your gender has been knocking at your brain for awhile? I'm here to help. About 75% of my clients come to me with the primary presenting difficultly of gender dysphoria. I've worked with hundreds of transgender and gender variant people since 2015. I am also qualified to write letters of recommendation for gender-affirming surgeries.
Depression is our mind's way of telling us that something is not right in our lives. As an experienced clinician who has worked with thousands of people with depression, I understand that depression can have several different causes and treatments. I offer you a supportive environment where you can be honest about your suffering while experimenting with the hope for change.
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