Humans are amazingly creative, adaptive creatures. But sometimes the ways we’ve coped and survived–the stories we tell ourselves, the relationships we create, the behaviors that get us through the day–no longer work for us. Therapy offers a place for us to imagine and practice new ways of thinking, feeling, and being in the world. Strategies from mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and narrative approaches to therapy can be helpful as we do this work together, depending on your unique history and situation. My job is to work in partnership with you, to listen to and reflect your wisdom, and to support you in creating the life and relationships that you want and deserve.
I have a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University and a PhD from the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University. I became a social worker after several years in higher education, where my research focused on feminist/queer politics and racial equity. This background helps me stay aware of how society both enables and limits our choices in life: often, our “problems” are the result of oppression or powerlessness, not the fault of our own personal failings. In this way, political resistance starts with us practicing new ways of being in the world.
I have worked with activists, artists, students, bodyworkers, survivors of trauma and assault, LGBTQ and non-binary clients, and individuals in non-monogamous relationships. I try to create a body-positive, anti-oppressive environment where we can explore issues such as anxiety, depression, body/sexual shame, gender & sexual identity, chronic illness or disability, disordered eating, addiction, or a general desire for more meaning and connection in life.
I only accept cash-pay clients at this time (no private insurance). My fees are $75/session, and I offer a limited number of sliding scale sessions for low-income clients. I am supervised by Dr. Adrienne Wolmark and abide by the Code of Ethics for Oregon Social Workers.