Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LCSW, CADC I
Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor and I use relational, narrative, and cognitive behavioral approach.
Medford/Statewide, Oregon 97504
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2015
I find I am most helpful working with individual youth and adults seeking help with bipolar and mood disorders, identity exploration, setting boundaries and navigating relationships, learning coping skills, making sense of traumatic experiences, and unpacking privilege and learning to be a better ally. I am comfortable and knowledgeable about topics relating to sex and sexuality, gender affirmation, sex positivity, poly/non-monogamy, and intersections of identity.
My graduate training is primarily in narrative therapy, and my approach is to engage in self-exploration by taking an outside, curious perspective of ourselves and our stories, gain greater insight into the events that have shaped us, enrich our stories by recognizing our resilience, and use that knowledge and perspective to better define what we would like our futures to be.
I have many years of experience working in residential, day treatment, and outpatient programs that use CBT individual and group counseling approaches to help both youth and adults understand their thought processes and learn specific skills that help them to more effectively accomplish their goals.
We do not live in isolation, and our relationships to others and to our communities and culture influence us in many ways. Relational therapy aims to understand how the relationships in our lives and cultural/systemic forces shape who we are, and how we are doing in turn influences our relationships. The therapeutic relationship between you and I also offers a direct experiential opportunity for us to explore and work on relationship dynamics.
I am a queer-identified person and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I have worked with adults and youth in both inpatient and outpatient settings around their sexual orientations and gender identities to build knowledge, understanding, self-compassion, and appreciation for how wonderful they are, find community, and better cope with a society that is often oppressive.
I have spent the last three years working specifically with adults with severe mental illness including bipolar disorders in varying stages of recovery. I also have lived experience with bipolar disorder that I can draw from when it is helpful to relate, while also recognizing that everyone's experience is unique.
Most of my career has been working with youth in foster care, mentoring, and in residential placements for youth who have been adjudicated and are on probation or parole. I am goofy, a gamer, relatable and patient.
We are all in this one together, and when facing this we are in partnership. I have a lot of experience prior to covid working with people who are isolated, people who face a great deal of stigma, and people with multiple health complications and risk factors. I'm happy to talk about covid whether it is dealing with isolation and quarantine, or supporting you if you've been directly impacted.
I have several years of experience working with survivors of DV/SA as an advocate and therapist. I have multiple years of experience working with youth who have perpetrated sexual abuse as a mentor and therapist.
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