Licensed Professional Counselor
Welcome to the process of change. Our work together will help you better understand yourself and the ways which you engage in the world.
2300 SW 1st Ave Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97211
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 1996
My vast experience working with diverse populations has prepared me to assist various people achieve their goals and gain insight into their lives. Ideally, people looking to work with me on their path forward are ready to explore their internal processes (thought-feelings) to better understand their choices/behaviors. I encourage people to read outside of sessions and be willing to make changes to their habits/lifestyle(s) that my contribute to their challenges, or promote growth and change.
Whether you are working towards recovery from addiction or looking to establish a more functional relationship with substance use, work is required and better outcomes await. Approaching this with an open mind allows you to determine what your goals/needs are and how my experience, insight, and skills can assist you in being better.
Leaning on insights from William Glasser's Choice Theory approach melds nicely with the solution focused brief therapy. Each person's need for fun, freedom, survival, belonging, and power steers their behavior. When those aren't satisfied dysfunction arises. How can what you want and what you have reconcile so as not to impair your quality world? Find out.
The connection between our thoughts/beliefs and our actions/choices cannot be under-estimated. Coming to recognize those and building new connections to more functional and effective thoughts/beliefs brings us to the place where better choices, actions, and outcomes can be made in our lives. Understanding where less functional thoughts/beliefs impact our lives is also important.
It's said that 'if you aren't growing, you are dying'. Making changes in our lives and seeking more for ourselves in meaningful ways is necessary yet sadly too rare. It seems society and mainstream culture want us to accept distraction and hollow connection in place of genuine experience. Strive for more and learn ways to define your value, meaning, and the path to more from your life.
The majority of my career has been spent assisting men (age 18-30) understand themselves in relation to their beliefs, thoughts, actions, and the ways in which they interact with others. There is no one mold for being male. Learning how to be the man you choose to be and honoring that path is a worthy and noble path to better living.
In a society where pain/discomfort is sought to be vanquished immediately, it is no surprise substances runs rampant. Changing one's relationship to substances of abuse requires recognizing the pain source(s) and remedying it. Boredom, trauma, parental history of use, social basis/peer influence, lack of coping skills, etc... can all bring on unhealthy use of substances.
Alcohol and substance abuse/dependence/use issues usually stem from insufficient coping mechanisms and can be addressed in a variety of ways. My goal is to help you determine how substances are impacting your life and what about your life is calling upon their use/dependence/abuse. Can changing your relationship with substances change your life or vice versa?
Feeling down, unmotivated, hopeless, etc...? The ways in which depression manifests itself in our lives is complex and can be addressed through a variety of approaches. Healthier living, proper diet, exercise, connection to meaning, disconnecting from toxicity, clarity of thought/wants/needs, and engaging in the pursuit of all these turn the tide on depression.
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