Life includes some difficult experiences that can have a significant impact on us. As humans, we instinctively find strategic and effective ways to handle and survive these experiences in the moment, but we later find ourselves still using those same strategies when we don’t really need to, making them not so effective. This sometimes brings people to therapy seeking to be “fixed” or wanting to “let it go.” I do not believe therapy is about fixing what we think is broken and letting it go is easier said than done. I believe therapy is about better understanding ingrained patterns; discovering and growing our internal capacities and abilities; relieving ourselves of shame and heavy feelings we would normally carry around alone.
My personal life experience, formal training, education, and the connections I have created with clients shape the way I facilitate therapy. I bring warmth and authenticity to the therapy relationship to genuinely connect and create a felt sense of safety. My practice emphasizes allowing room for curiosity, creating space for nuance, and imagining possibilities. During the therapy process, I may use imagery, metaphor, dreamwork, and immediacy as tools to deepen our understanding of your experience and inspire change. My therapeutic approach is highly Relational and also influenced by MBT (Mentalization Based Therapy), Psychodynamic, Existential, and Gestalt therapies.
Since completing a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Lewis & Clark College, I have counseled problem gamblers and their families, facilitated psychoeducational groups on topics related to mentalization, emotions, mental illness, and attachment, and counseled adults struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, trauma, and grief and loss. I am also trained and experienced in working with people struggling with personality disorders and attachment trauma using a MBT lens, which focuses on the ability to understand and interpret the mental states (e.g., needs, desires, feelings, beliefs, goals, reasons) of ourselves and others in order to improve emotion regulation, sense of self, and have better interpersonal relationships.
- Able to bill Out-of-Network with most insurance companies.