Professional Counselor Associate
Supervisor: Deborah Lee Thornby, LMFT; Stephen Keeley, LPC
I help folks who feel overwhelmed or isolated by current circumstances or past trauma learn to find ease and resilience.
503 358 5263
NE 47th and Prescott St
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2019
Many of the people I work with have experienced childhood, sexual, cultural or attachment trauma. Many have come reporting difficulty in the realms of connection, community and belonging; struggling with anxiety, isolation, self-doubt or the sense that something is holding them back from living as their fullest self. My clients report that our work together leads to decreases in physical and mental symptoms of trauma & stress and increases satisfaction in relationships, work & creativity
Attachment therapy uses principles of modern neuroscience and research about the ways humans form inner relationship models based on our early relationships. Unless they are interrupted, we carry these forward into current relationships, for better or for worse. I work with a client's present moment relational experiences to unravel old relationship patterns and foster new, more satisfying ones.
Somatic therapies operate on the principle that body and mind are co-arising and co-influencing and that attending to the body is integral to the healing process. Untended emotional challenges often manifest in physical pain and dis-ease. As a certified Hakomi Therapist I have specialized training and over 16 years of experience in counseling with a somatic/body centered orientation.
As a certified Hakomi Therapist and teacher for the International Hakomi Institute, my work is mindfulness-based, experiential and humanistic. This means that I foster and respect my clients' self awareness and use the client's own present moment experience to inform us about what is needed. Mindfulness helps you get more connected to your own inner strength, resilience and wisdom.
The impacts of childhood or ongoing sexual, physical or emotional abuse can deeply impact one's ongoing level of safety, belonging, freedom, self-respect/esteem, spontaneity, joy and ease. Some of my deepest satisfaction comes from supporting abuse survivors in reclaiming their access to their aliveness and power.
Chronic emotional pain and chronic physical pain often go hand in hand. My somatic, experiential and mindfulness based counseling style help chronic pain sufferers develop attentional, breath and movement strategies to reduce the experience of pain, and inner strength and security to tolerate pain that cannot be alleviated.
Although we are all impacted by loss and grief, contemporary dominant culture lacks tools and rituals to process and move through our grief. Grief and loss are a normal part of the human condition which, when processed have the potential to offer us depth, meaning and richness. I am honored to support clients through transformative grief processes.
Trauma impacts our minds and our bodies, often leaving survivors feeling alone, out of control and disrupting sleep, digestion, physical comfort, social contact and the sense of basic safety. My work focuses on the impacts to mind and body, to reestablish a sense of basic safety that allows a return to feeling equilibrium. My clients report reduced symptoms and greater freedom to engage in life.
The pervasive impacts of anxiety can be deeply disruptive to living an engaged and satisfying life. Latent emotions and unmet needs often underly and intensify anxiety. I work with anxiety from a both somatic (physical) and emotional perspective to support making the kinds of changes that lead to reduction of anxiety and its accompanying symptoms.
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