AREA OF FOCUS/SPECIALTIES
Anger Compulsive behaviors
Codependency Relationship issues
Substance Abuse Trauma
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Solutions-focused Brief Therapy
**Currently accepting new clients at my Tigard location**
Counseling, I believe, is a collaborative approach where two people begin to work together to facilitate growth, healing, and change. When we are hurting, looking both inside and outside ourselves is important to find meaning and peace. Seeking therapy can be a scary thing; I work hard to create a safe place where both struggles and successes can be explored, celebrated, and refined as you work toward your personal/life goals.
I believe individuals come to therapy after some part of life becomes disconnected or disjointed. Whether the disconnect is with ourselves, our environment, or something larger, therapy can help us reconnect and move forward in achieving goals in life. My approach is mindfulness-based, meaning that I will help you deepen your awareness of the specific ways you experience yourself, others, and the world around you.
Most of my practice focuses around struggles with anxiety, depression, addiction issues, and trauma. Anxiety is a natural and normal part of life; when it becomes overwhelming and begins changing our everyday life, anxiety can turn into something detrimental and harmful. I use both mindfulness and cognitive restructuring to help with emotional regulation and help identify unhealthy thoughts/beliefs that negatively impact one’s life. I have spent most of my career helping individuals work through their struggles in life; no problem is too big or too small.
I am also experienced and trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a trauma-informed practice that helps individuals with trauma in their story and difficulties in their present. EMDR can be a powerful addition to regular “talk therapy” to help resolve issues that bring individuals into therapy. Click here to learn more about EMDR therapy: https://www.emdria.org/page/what_is_emdr_therapy
I also work with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) while integrating mindfulness and meditation into the therapeutic process. Helping individuals and couples work through unhealthy beliefs of self or the partnership allows each person to connect more purely with the surrounding environment. I help guide and support you in cultivating compassion and acceptance towards yourself and others. Part of my goal is to help you feel empowered to make the positive changes you desire in your life and, eventually, move you to a place where you have the tools to manage life with a healthy balance. Let me help you learn how to manage anxiety and depressive symptoms, and if you’ve had trauma in your life, let’s begin the journey of healing.