“To love is to be actively concerned for the life and the growth of another.” -Irvin D. Yalom
My passion is to provide therapeutic services that are affordable and welcoming. I strive to walk beside you on your journey and to work collaboratively on the road to emotional healing. I offer a warm and compassionate style, working to help you uncover strength from within and elicit a rich connection to the authentic self.
Working with couples, I adhere to Sue Johnson’s work in an emotionally-focused approach, and believe people possess a deep need for safe connection and emotional contact from loved ones in their relationships. Often times, couples find themselves feeling stuck, experiencing a negative cycle of interaction. It is important for couples therapy to bring about the ability of each partner to feel safe, and to reconnect by learning to send emotional messages to one another.
I received my BA in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and obtained my MA in Marital and Family Therapy at Alliant International University in Irvine, California. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, earning hours toward my licensure in Oregon. I have experience working with at-risk adolescents in residential and in-home treatment services who struggle with substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and family distress. My experience also includes working with LGBTQ identified adolescents, young adults, and couples as a part of a non-profit LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS affected community services center.
My standard fee for each individual or couples session is $40. Sliding scale fees can be arranged to accommodate those experiencing significant financial difficulties.