I believe that individuals seek therapy as a way to increase self-awareness and promote positive relationships in their lives. I view my role as a therapist to be that of a collaborator on this journey, working to build on existing strengths and resources and to create a safe space to discuss these issues honestly, without fear of shame or judgment.
I hold a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College and have 15+ years of experience working with children in school, community and family contexts. I employ an eclectic approach with a strong emphasis on play, story telling, attachment, solution focused, and structural family therapies. My use of solution-focused theory involves exploring areas in clients’ lives that are examples of successful relationships and problem-solving and finding ways to incorporate these positive interaction patterns into other areas of their lives. Structural family therapy involves looking at the boundaries in family relationships and working on defining roles that encourage safety and trust in both children and caregivers. Play sessions with young children and their caregivers include filial work to focus on the primary attachment relationship and improve communication and understanding between children and parents.
My work with couples often focuses on the unique challenges of
- involvement with the foster care system
- the effect of children on the couples’ relationship
- co-parenting and shared custodyGoals are co-created with each client to reflect the unique nature of their experiences, strengths, and areas for desired growth. I offer a free 30-minute consultation to answer any questions and allow the client to determine if we would be a good fit. Thereafter, my standard fee is $90, and for those who are uninsured and under financial hardship, I offer a generous sliding fee scale. Please do not let finances be a barrier. I look forward to hearing from you!