Licensed Professional Counselor
Congratulations on taking a step on your journey to deeper satisfaction. I see myself as a collaborator who will gently reflect your blind spots, celebrate your resources and support you to know yourself and your truth more deeply so that you can engage effectively in your life.
333 NE Hancock St #16
Portland, OR 97212
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2012
It is during our early development that our ways of understanding relationship are being mapped into our brains. Attachment therapy can awaken these networks for reconfiguration. Deep change is possible in how we experience ourselves, in our ways of connecting with others and in our capacity to act effectively in the world.
The body holds the story of our lives in the present moment. We can work here and now to heal the wounds which thwart satisfaction in our lives. Through deep listening we learn to attend to the wisdom deep in implicit memory system and to sort what's past from what's actually happening right now.
In the therapy relationship, we can begin to understand what gets in the way of connection for us. Together, we are detectives in search of answers to the conundrum of what makes connecting hard, life satisfaction illusive and vitality available in such small or intermittent reserves.
The inner critic is such a trickster. We hear its voice within and are hypnotized by the stories it tells us. Surprisingly, beneath this voice and all the terrible things it says to us, is an embodied truth that's essential to our healing process. Working somatically with a trained attachment therapist can help you drop beneath the stories to the truth. This is where real change is possible.
Sometimes working with an individual or group therapist to sort through our relationship issues can save our most tenuous connections. Rather than placing the pressure directly on relational struggles that are founded on insecure attachment strategies, why not make room for ourselves to discover our deeper solidity and bring this back into our connections.
Setting clear boundaries as adults has everything to do with how we were reflected and tended to as little ones. It's easy to mix ourselves up with others, if we were not valued for simply being our unique selves. We can't learn our own yeses and nos in a vacuum. What's exciting, is we can learn differentiation as an adult, with the guidance of a skilled attachment therapist.
An activated Nervous System can make satisfying engagement with others nearly impossible. My anxiety clients may feel confused about why you struggle as you do. When asked about your history, it's likely you'll say you had good parents. Parents who provided you with everything you needed. I dig deeper with my clients to understand, what may have been missing and to begin filling in the gaps.
Depression is a way we protect ourselves from overwhelming experiences. If we have no functional way to regulate ourselves through life's emotional stresses and relationships' natural shifts in and out of connection, often our nervous systems will jump in, take over and shut us down. Engaging with a skilled Attachment therapist, can support reigniting the aliveness that is your human birthright.
Group is an exploratory space in which members share thoughts and feelings, share needs and frustrations in service to learning about themselves, their impact on others, and to gathering new ways of engaging with others that create more satisfaction in life. Members are supported to express more and more openly and to connect authentically while staying with their own emotional experience.
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