Professional Counselor Associate
MA, LPC Associate, LMHCA
Supervisor: Doug Chapman, LPC, CADCIII
I help adults make sense of and heal from past trauma, addiction, and complicated emotions to find freedom in Self and everyday life.
Provides free initial consultation
Practicing Since: 2020
Faith: Agnosticism, Buddhism, Wicca/Paganism
The clients that have the most effective outcomes with me are men and women 20-40 years old who are struggling to find balance in their lives because they are caught in trauma-related emotional and behavioral issues that are interfering with living the life they want. They are open to exploring their difficult emotional patterns and are willing to try new things in and outside of our sessions. My ideal client wants to connect with a real person and expand their tool kit!
Using mindfulness in counseling allows us to slow down and explore every part of our present moment experience. Sometimes it is a more active process and other times it can be more meditative. I have been personally practicing and studying mindfulness for the past 5 years and incorporate it into everything I do. It is also a foundation component of doing both DBT-informed therapy and Sensorimotor therapy for trauma.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - Level 1 Affect Dysregulation, Survival Responses, and Trauma Memory - Completed 2020 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute - Level 2: Developmental Injury & Attachment - Completing in 2021 I've also attended CE trainings for "Dissociation & The Body" and "Resilience & Beyond"
I completed my graduate clinical training at The DBT Clinic in SE Portland, where I practiced DBT-informed therapy for a year. In addition, I co-facilitated DBT skills groups and provided individual skills coaching with clients who sought further support in their treatment. I continue to work from a DBT-informed lens in addressing distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness strategies and still love to teach skills to my clients!
You don't need to hit rock-bottom to start working on yourself and facing the patterns, emotions, and behaviors that are getting in your way. Focusing on personal development means working on connecting to your authentic self so you can live the life you truly want! We do this work collaboratively and creatively to set you up with an expanded toolkit. It's important to explore past and present experiences to better define what it is you want for your future self.
PTSD is a very challenging and unique experience for everyone - I have worked with many people who satisfied the criteria for PTSD, even though all of their experiences were wildly different! As a trauma-informed therapist, I initially assume that a traumatic experience is at the root of most human suffering and is the cause of the majority of symptoms such as anxiety, depression, addiction, etc. I engage in ongoing education to be an active helper at every phase of the recovery process.
Being a woman in this world is hard! It's important you work with someone that understands the array of challenges women are faced with from the time they are born and throughout life. I have the most experience working directly with women in both individual counseling and in women's-based recovery circles. I am passionate about helping women process their experiences of womanhood, motherhood, sexuality, challenges in the workforce, and overcoming trauma so they can live empowered lives.
You have just made one of the most important decisions of your life in seeking recovery from addiction! It can be vital to set up your life with as many supports in place as possible as you start to uncover the challenging emotions, behaviors, and trauma that contributed to your addictions. I bring my personal background in recovery and harm reduction education, and I am attuned to both the challenges and gifts the recovery journey brings up.
Do you struggle to take care of yourself because you tend to take care of others? Has taking care of someone drained your energy and lust for life? Are you a healthcare professional that is reaching their limit? Compassion/Burnout fatigue has a way of building up and breaking us down. You give up so much of yourself only to feel depleted and unable to pursue your goals, desires, and cope in healthy ways. I can help you to carve out your own time, self-care and get back on your own path.
Anxiety, Compassion Fatigue, Coronavirus/COVID-19
Drop-in for community meditation, reflection, and sharing on a monthly basis. Meditations are trauma-informed, incorporating traditional mindfulness practices, movement, and breathing. Join us for group sharing, connecting, and journaling as we move through this complicated world! This group is not a substitute for therapy. For Group Dates, more information + registration: https://www.wholeskytherapy.com/groups
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