So what is counseling or therapy? It looks different for each individual, but what it definitely is NOT is finding someone that can fix you.
Only you can make changes to yourself and a good counselor or therapist is your guide through the pitfalls and darkness that a person can find themselves trapped in. In short, they help you find a path to your own progress.
I am privileged to help you find your own path to progress.
I received my Masters Degree in Social Work from Portland State University in 1992 and became licensed in 2001. Since then, I have worked as a therapist and social worker in a variety of settings that have included schools, community mental health centers and crisis lines as well as my private practice.
I believe that therapy is an intense, engaging, and collaborative process and as such, I utilize an integrated theoretical model of therapy. I believe in an eco-systemic view of people in environment, and hold that we are interconnected with people and systems in our lives at all levels. When I meet someone, I am getting to see part of a wholly unique person affected by and affecting everyone in their lives. We are all a balance of things past and present in our lives.
The two best indicators of success in therapy are the relationship between the client and the therapist, and the therapist using a well thought out and consistent theoretical approach. In my therapy practice, I work from a systems perspective with a heavy infusion of ecosystems, family systems and developmental theory.
~ Grief Counseling
~ Pet Loss
~ Couples Counseling
~ Work and Career concerns
~ Life Transitions
~ Non traditional relationships
~ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
~ Childhood abuse including sibling abuse
~ Sexuality and Sexual Concerns
Please call with any questions or to set an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!