Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
I specialize in working with people who've experienced childhood trauma. I'm glad you're here and hope this information is helpful for you.
431 30th St
Oakland, Oregon 94609
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2013
I offer EMDR for phobias and trauma. Some people who have more difficulty being open in traditional talk therapy may respond well to EMDR, in my experience.
I use mindfulness to guide you to understand your body's natural impulses that may have been suppressed due to shock traumas, relational traumas, or social conditioning. These natural impulses can help us understand the adaptive actions we need to take in life that flow naturally from our emotions.
We will explore patterns of relating you learned in your family of origin and how these show up in your current relationships. This could take the following forms, for instance: how you expect others will receive you, what emotions and responses you automatically inhibit or express, what behaviors you typically engage in. This can illuminate unconscious programming and liberate more options.
I am familiar with various forms of relationships and enjoy working with people in couples, triads, or other non traditional arrangements. I also work with friends seeking therapy together and other relational dynamics.
I enjoy working with historical and ancestral trauma and consider the impact of the cultural, social, and political context of your life and the lives of your parents and grandparents. This has an influence on all of us, and I believe it's important not to just look at the nuclear family as an isolated, apolitical unit with singular influence on our psychology, but to consider the broader context
I work with adults who were sexually abused as children. I also work with adults who have experienced sexual abuse from intimate partners.
PTSD can happen from a variety of adverse childhood and adult experiences. This can occur from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse as well as chronic poverty, oppression, addiction or growing up with a mentally ill or addicted parent. Complex PTSD occurs when we experienced more than one trauma (such as in the case of chronic childhood abuse).
Bipolar disorder can show up in a myriad of ways. Bipolar can manifest in: depressed agitation, a feeling of being on edge, difficulty with focusing and challenges with executive functioning, or you might think you have a personality disorder. I work with Bipolar 2 disorder and other low and mid spectrum bipolarity.
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