My practice focus includes:
~ Healing After a Suicide Death
~ Grief and Loss
~ Life Changes
I believe that every person has the strengths to successfully face life challenges. Sometimes, we just might not have the necessary skills to do so, but those skills can be learned and practiced in our journey towards health and balance. My role as a counselor is to listen to, observe, suggest, teach, challenge and encourage my clients.
I use a combination of therapy techniques including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, Gestalt, mindfulness, humanistic and Gottman Couples therapy techniques. When working with a client, I consider all aspects of the person’s life – family, culture, ethnicity, spirituality, relationships, profession, health and activities. I pay attention to what is said in the moment – verbally and physically – and encourage awareness in my clients. I am honest, respectful and mindful of the vulnerability of my clients.
I have experience working with adults, couples, and adolescents in a variety of settings, including therapeutic settings, schools, and juvenile court. My clients have had a variety of issues, including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, abuse, grief and loss, abandonment, suicide bereavement, loss of parent (by death or dementia), divorce, delinquency, substance abuse, and foster care.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I received my masters degree in counseling from Portland State University in 2001. I am also a member of the Oregon Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Additionally, I am a Survivor Outreach Volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I reserve some sliding scale spots in my schedule for those folks who might not be able to pay my regular fees. Please give me a call to discuss my fee schedule. I look forward to your call or email.