Professional Counselor Associate
MS, NCC, LPC intern
Supervisor: Kerri Anderson-Linde LPC
Integrated Core Counseling is here for folks of all identities to explore Self-discovery and healing.
6118 SE Belmont, Suite 412
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2019
There is a wise, core 'Self' to us all, along with other 'parts' which try to help, but can get forced into unhealthy roles in our lives. Parts associated with trauma are often pushed down or 'exiled' out of awareness. When they do emerge, other protective parts try to suppress them, blocking access to core Self, which could help them heal. Together, we can help all your parts access your core Self and work both together, and for you in an adaptive and sustainable way.
I focus on the importance of empowerment and awareness of systems of oppression which impact people of all genders. What you can expect here is to be treated with respect, to have the whole person you are, your identities and lived experience, validated and welcomed.
This shows up in the way I actively see you. You can expect me to be committed to giving you unconditional positive regard, meaning I will see you as inherently good, and accept you without any action or behavior needed on your part.
I celebrate and affirm diverse relationship structures and am a sex-positivity affirming counselor. I look for ways to expand my knowledge and experience this area, because I acknowledge there's always room to grow and evolve!
I am experienced and knowledgeable about military culture and service. I have not served, but I do come from a military family, and continuously seek to improve my understanding of issues faced by active duty service members, their families and veterans from each unique branch of the military.
As a counselor with a Feminist focus, I place importance on empowerment, awareness of systems of oppression that impact people of all genders and how that shows up in the content we discuss, as well as the relationship between us in our respective identities. You can expect safe space to talk about the differences between our identities in a respectful and affirming way.
I am an LGBTQ2A+ affirming counselor. What that looks like in practice is a lot of acknowledging and learning from my mistakes, checking in with my clients about whether they feel safe and affirmed in the counseling relationship, and continuing my education and growth in practicing inclusivity in my professional and personal life. There is safe and welcoming space in my office for all of your identities and ways of expressing yourself!
Trauma can show up in people's lives in many ways that feel distressing and disruptive. Sometimes that trauma is associated with military service, other times it is more relational. Often, it is a combination of events and inner experiences. My philosophy is that all trauma is valid and you can expect to experience very intentional care and a slow pace in addressing it.
PTSD, Women's Issues
This online interpersonal process group for (all) women is a collaborative space to talk about, process, and receive support around the impact of trauma, attachment injuries, and other stressors on current experiences of Self in relationship to others and the world around us.
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