Licensed Professional Counselor
The healing journey can be difficult, and sometimes it is long, but I believe that by working together, we can find a way.
501 NE Hood Avenue
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2012
We are formed by our relationships. More than that, we are most deeply wounded in relationships, and find out greatest healing in relationships.
My addiction therapy is a combination of motivational interviewing, solutions focused, CBT, ACT, DBT and trauma focused therapy. The goal of addictions therapy is change, at a very deep level, using any resource necessary.
Sometimes life presents us with problems that have no easy solution, impossible scenarios, profoundly disturbing questions, and unresolvable tensions. The problems seem to be endless and there is no escape in sight. In situations like these, sometimes the key to making it through is knowing we're not alone. I have hope that healing and abundant life can still be found on a difficult journey.
My faith tradition of origin is Christianity. My spiritual formation has been highly influenced by eastern philosophies, postmodern thought and Orthodox Christianity. I will never preach, or pressure you to change, nor will I ever judge. However I believe that discussing spiritual, or ultimate things, is sometimes crucial to finding purpose and meaning in a chaotic world.
Addiction to sex and pornography is a controversial issue, but one that I believe is very real, and one that is potentially highly destructive. Addressing a sexual addiction involves the most holistic counseling approach I have seen, as a sexual addiction is often related to other addictions, trauma, other mental health and relational challenges. I am committed to your holistic health.
As a member of the community, I am committed to providing competent and culturally sensitive services to a frequently marginalized and underserved population. My approach is person-centered; I work to learn from you what you most need, then walk beside you as you grow into your ideal self.
My training was in both alcohol and drug addiction. I've provided addictions counseling individually and in group settings in outpatient and inpatient facilities. I believe a dual-diagnosis approach is the most effective, because I recognize that most addicted people also have mental health challenges, and many many people with mental health challenges also use some chemical or behavior to cope.
Trauma happens for many reasons and takes many forms. Whether or not you meet clinical criteria for PTSD, you likely have something painful in your story that can have unpredictable and distressing impact on your life in some way. This is especially true if you have addiction challenges. In order to provide holistic services, I believe a trauma informed and trauma focused approach is essential.
Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction, LGBTQ Issues
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