Professional Counselor Associate
M.A., NCC, Professional Counselor Associate, MCHA
Supervisor: Elizabeth Trautwein, LPC
Telehealth sessions are available to anyone located in Oregon or Washington.
1110 SE Alder Street
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2018
You've been told you're "too sensitive" or "too emotional." You feel like you can't trust yourself to make decisions, because you always "screw it up" and your mind is constantly going, replaying memories or rehearsing for the future. You find yourself in similar unfulfilling relationship patterns that leave you questioning your worth and loveability. You lose yourself in relationships, putting others' needs before your own. You're questioning if it can ever really be different.
We are all made up of different parts that contain valuable qualities and we all have an inner Self that knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. Together, we can get to know these different parts, hear their stories, and release their burdens all while establishing more trust in the Self allowing you to feel more integrated and whole.
We are all connected through our shared experience of being human. Getting to know ourselves is one of the most empowering and healing things we can do. I fully believe that being seen, heard, and witnessed nonjudgmentally by another human is one of the most healing experiences we can have.
When we suppress or numb our emotions we don't get to pick and choose the ones we want to feel, they all get suppressed. Emotions are information and they are often trying to tell us important things. Recognizing and sitting with our emotions is a practice that we can get better at; allowing us to move deeper into our understanding of ourselves and others.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy that utilizes bilateral stimulation (BLS) usually in the form of eye movements, tapping, or auditory tones in order to accelerate the brain’s capacity to process and heal a troubling memory, thought, feeling, or phobia. BLS stimulates the same eye movements which occur during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) or dream sleep. BLS causes two parts of the brain to work in conjunction in order to reintegrate a memory.
Learn to recognize distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and reevaluate them in light of reality. Gain a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others. Use problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations. Learn to develop a greater sense of confidence in your own abilities.
Anxiety can be a racing heart, sweaty palms, and a general sense of tension in our bodies or it can be intrusive thoughts, worry, and an overall sense of dread. However anxiety shows up, together, we can work at challenging anxious thoughts, improving insight and awareness, and processing experiences to help you identify coping strategies that work best for you.
When you give so much of yourself to others, it can feel like you lose parts of yourself in the process You might find it difficult to set boundaries or voice your true inner feelings. Together, you can learn to recognize and honor your inner voice, trust your intuition, and integrate the different parts of yourself enabling you to live life more fully and authentic to who you are.
Relationships are part of the foundation that make-up the human experience. They bring some of the greatest joys and the greatest pains to life. Together we can work on improving your relationship with yourself and those around you through processing past and present experiences, clarifying wants, needs, and desires, and improving communication strategies.
I believe that getting to know ourselves is one of the most empowering things we can do. Understanding our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and why we do the things that we do provides a sense of knowing ourselves that can elicit feelings of contentment, confidence, and fulfillment.
Loss of any kind is difficult to cope with. Grief is a complicated process and can show up in many different ways across a lifetime. It is common to feel an external pressure to move on, and when you can't, it feels like something is wrong with you. Together, we will get to know your grief. I will honor your process, and provide space for you to be with your feelings and experiences.
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