A Little Bit About Me:
For the last 20+ years I have worked in the mental health field starting my career working with teens and their families in the juvenile justice and foster care system. In 2004, I graduated from Portland State University with a Masters in Social Work and since that time I have worked as a therapist honing my skills with individuals, couples and families from all walks of life and all the various ways that people can be couples and families.
I love what I do. I feel privileged every day to be able to do this work and help people feel like life is more manageable and fulfilling. We all struggle at some point because life has a way of throwing challenges in our path that we don't know how to overcome by ourselves.
My Therapeutic Approach
My primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In a nutshell, that means the focus is on problems with thinking such as negative thinking patterns, unrealistic expectations, inaccurate or irrational beliefs, how those contribute to problems with emotions and how they drive behavior. I also utilize concepts from Dialectical Behavior Therapy like mindfulness and acceptance strategies as well as incorporating concepts from Interpersonal Psychology, which focuses on how problematic patterns are created and maintained in our close relationships and how to utilize those relationships as a vehicle for change.
I work on maintaining a balance between two things: acceptance and change. I will listen with understanding and compassion. I will also help you move towards making the changes you want to make to not just feel better but be doing better in your life. I use a lot of humor and irreverence and believe there is room for laughter even in the midst of pain. I will tell you what you need to hear (not what you want to hear) because it is my most important job to help you grow and change in the ways you want to grow and change.