Licensed Professional Counselor
In my counseling practice, I encourage people to live from their hearts. I view the struggles we face as an opportunity to develop the clarity, confidence, and courage to be who we are.
811 NW 20th Ave., Ste. 303
Portland, OR 97209
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2005
One of the best predictors of outcome in therapy is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. So we build a safe, solid foundation - by engaging in an authentic open connection that allows you to feel seen & accepted. Our relationship is a forum for taking risks to be yourself, to explore feelings, to express needs. This lens opens a pathway to new ways of being in outside relationships.
Humanistic therapy honors your inner-knowing and innate drive to move towards wholeness. I have faith that as you stay present to yourself, you are guided to what is best and right for you. With warmth, humor, and intuition - we discover the places that need attention. We also work with the principles of self-compassion and mindfulness to cultivate self-trust, self-acceptance, and self-value.
This is an experiential therapy. We stay present to your inner experience, exploring your thoughts, behaviors, and feelings, as they surface in the room. As your emotional awareness increases, we are able to identify your unmet needs and old patterns that have kept you stuck. Our work focuses on transforming those patterns, which frees you to make choices to lead you to a fulfilling life.
As women, we are often inculcated to meet others' needs & expectations, to denigrate our own needs, and to strive for perfection based on external criteria. I help women discover the power of compassion to soften their inner critic; to grow solid enough to listen and trust their own voice; and ultimately to cultivate self-acceptance and the courage to be true to themselves.
Women contemplating divorce may feel confusion, guilt, isolation, or pressure - yet therapy can help you to find your center and cultivate clarity about what is the best path. When you must go through a divorce, you come face to face with a range of intense emotions. Therapy can offer you a safe place to decompress; to receive support, and to engage in the process of healing, and growth.
Feeling like we are not enough - essentially not good enough usually indicates some layer of shame underneath -- something's wrong with me. When we feel like this, we need someone who can help us face these vulnerable feelings with compassion and gentle curiosity - who leads us down a path that eventually cultivates a sense of self-acceptance and self-love.
I work with women who would like to develop greater emotional intimacy in their close relationships. I help women feel more solid inside themselves, so they can speak their truth, and recognize their needs as legitimate. We increase awareness of old patterns that get in the way of authenticity & closeness. We explore how vulnerability creates connection and is fundamental to emotional intimacy.
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