Licensed Professional Counselor
LPC, LMHC, CHT
I bring empathy, connection, and insight to our work together, and a rich variety of tools to help you shift your perspective and behavior.
10883 SE Main St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2013
I am a Certified Hakomi Therapist. Hakomi is an orientation that uses mindfulness to illuminate how you organize your experience and supports profound change to the core beliefs that limit your happiness. I have practiced mindfulness meditation for many years and believe that by strengthening our awareness of the present moment, we greatly enhance our capacity to enjoy the gifts of being human.
The client-therapist relationship offers a unique opportunity to practice how we relate to others in a caring, honest environment. I am trained in interpersonal and relational therapy methods to support exploration of what goes on with you in a relationship. Working relationally in therapy offers powerful benefits to your success in intimate, work, and friend relationships in your life.
My training in Expressive Art Therapy supports your exploration of challenges and dreams with images, music, poetry, or movement. As a SoulCollage® facilitator, I offer groups and workshops at PCC and in private sessions. You are welcome to bring in your creative interests, and we will integrate creative expression into your process of self-exploration and change.
The major events in a woman's life can be challenging. Relationship growth or difficulty, becoming a mother or deciding not to have children, managing work and family, coming into your own as a woman. These transitions are rich times to take stock of who you are, claim your power, and choose to live your life with heart and creativity. I've been there. I can help you find your way.
Feelings of self-worth depend on the meaning we’ve given our life experiences. Exploring what we’ve come to believe about ourselves can be an exciting and rewarding journey. I bring a wealth of tools and strategies useful to creating the strong sense of self that underlies positive self-esteem, including creative strategies like journaling and collaging and body-centered tools like mindfulness.
Loss, disappointment, and grief are inevitable parts of being human. My experience and training in navigating these difficult times will support you to emerge with renewed hope. Working through the stuck places you encounter along your journey to healing will bring you insight and wisdom you’ll be able to apply to all aspects of your life.
It’s important to explore the underlying thoughts, feelings, and related experiences associated with anxiety as well as the body’s response to stress. My training in working with anxiety includes ways to calm the physical stress response and reshape the body’s response to trigger events, as well as a variety of options for exploring and changing the accompanying thoughts and feelings.
It is natural to feel sad at times, but experiencing ongoing hopelessness, despair, and a reduced interest in life may indicate depression. I’m experienced in working with depression and offer compassion, insight, and effective tools. Together we can explore options and if appropriate, collaborate in changing the underlying beliefs, habits, and behavior that fuel depression.
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