Marriage and Family Therapist
Individuals experience circumstances within the context of a system. In relationship therapy, my philosophy is to take into account each individual within different systems, including, family, couples, children, teens, extended family, and relationships within your workplace.
18650 SW Boones Ferry Road
Tualatin, OR 97062
1505 NE 6th Dr.
Lincoln City, Oregon 97367
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2015
My theoretical focus is through the lens of attachment – that is, how the bonds we create are effective, or ineffective, in our current lives (John Bowlby). In addition to attachment bonds that we experience, I also support my clients collaboratively to better understand life’s stressors and patterns of interaction that may or may not be promoting his or her well-being.
I specialize in Couples Counseling using contextual theory, integrating attachment, EFT, IS, neurobiology, and Behavioral approaches.
My approach is also connected with Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Integrated Behavioral Couple therapy (Neil Jacobson and Andrew Christensen). Emotionally Focused Therapy allows the therapeutic relationship to identify vital information that client emotions can provide as an attempt to develop strong, safe relationships.
My past experience includes working at the Portland VA. Through this experience, along with my Military family, I have gained the knowledge to assist Veterans and their families in the unique culture of the Military. As a specialist, I will help to empower you to combat your issues and develop strong relationships; giving you tools to assist in living a healthy and productive life.
I believe that relationship therapy is a joint effort between the individual members of a family system. My philosophy views individuals, families, and couples, from a systemic perspective. That is, we are all wired to have relationship together. I assist families with a variety of tools to help heal their family relationships.
I am here to come alongside you in your marriage, family, career, and social relationships. Within our therapeutic relationship, we will integrate your mind, body, culture, and spiritual makeup, to assist you to gain a better understanding of your experiences, and work with you for healing. My approach is through intersubjectivity (IS) and emotion focused therapy (EFT), helping to guide you.
Coping with the loss of someone or something that you love is one of the biggest challenges people can face. The pain of loss can feel overwhelming. Many people may experience all types of unexpected emotions. If you are experiencing different emotions following a loss, it might help to know that your reaction is natural. I help guide you through your loss in a safe and trusting environment.
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